In 2017, the City and Waterfront Toronto completed a study to determine the future of the elevated Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard East corridor, from approximately Lower Jarvis Street to just east of the Don Valley Parkway at Logan Avenue.
The Hybrid was selected as the preferred solution and endorsed by Toronto City Council. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change subsequently approved the EA in November 2017. The design for this solution includes:
In 2013, the City embarked on a robust maintenance program to keep the entire expressway in a state of good repair. Toronto City Council endorsed a plan to spend about $500 million on road rehabilitation work between 2013 and 2022.
Five goals were developed to guide the Gardiner Expressway & Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment (EA) and Integrated Urban Design Study which the City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto undertook in 2009 to help determine the future of the easterly section of the expressway running east of Jarvis Street to approximately Logan Avenue:
The alternative solutions considered as part of the study included:
Alternatives were evaluated by four lenses: Urban Design, Transportation and Infrastructure, Environment and Economics.
While the study included a comprehensive review of both regional and local traffic impacts, the approach of the study assessed the future of the Gardiner East in the overall context of creating a better city.
The study area is shown below and includes the easternmost portion of the Gardiner Expressway. This is the 2.4 kilometre section of road east of Jarvis Street to approximately Logan Avenue.
On April 1, 2016, Toronto City Council approved Hybrid 3 as the preferred alternative solution in the study.
The study report was submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for review and approval on January 27, 2017.
As required under the Act, the EA report was available for public review and comment from January 27, 2017 to March 17, 2017.
Second public comment period on Gardiner East EA closed July 28, 2017.
The Environmental Assessment for the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard East Reconfiguration was approved by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on November 22, 2017.