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City releases dates of spring maintenance expressway closures

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Feb 24th, 2016

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Drivers start marking your calendars, because the city of Toronto has released the spring schedule of weekend road closures for its expressways.

“Providing the dates for these expressway closures in advance will help people make their travel plans,” said Coun. Jaye Robinson, chair of the public works and infrastructure committee, in a statement. “The maintenance work that is planned for our expressways is crucial to maintaining these important roads in a state of good repair.”

The work is part of the city’s plan to rehabilitate and upgrade Toronto’s roads, transit and underground infrastructure.

Weekend road closures include the following:

  • The Don Valley Parkway from the Gardiner Expressway to Highway 401 will be closed for spring maintenance activities from Friday, April 15 at 11 p.m. to Monday, April 18 at 5 a.m. A rain date of April 29 to May 1 has been set, in which case the DVP will reopen early to improve traffic conditions during the Goodlife Marathon, scheduled for May 1.
  • The Gardiner Expressway between Carlaw Avenue and Highway 427 will be closed from Friday, May 13 at 11 p.m. to Monday, May 16 at 5 a.m. for spring maintenance activities. (Rain date: May 20 to 23, opening for Victoria Day on May 23.)
  • The Gardiner Expressway will be closed from Carlaw Avenue to the Humber Bridge and the Don Valley Parkway will be closed from Highway 401 to the Gardiner Expressway on Sunday, June 5 from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate the Ride for Heart event that day.
  • The eastbound lanes of the Gardiner Expressway from the Humber Bridge to Carlaw Avenue and the northbound lanes of the Don Valley Parkway from the Gardiner Expressway to Eglinton Avenue, including all ramps, will be closed on Sunday, July 10 from 2 a.m. to noon during the Toronto Triathlon Festival.

The city says it’s anticipated that full weekend closures will be necessary for the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway in the fall as well. The dates for those closures have not yet been set.

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