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How to deal with Gardiner gridlock – thestar.com

In Canada on August 12, 2010 at 14:57
Gardiner construction

Wendy Gillis Staff Reporter

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Bumper to bumper traffic and a sluggish commute this week are giving drivers on the Gardiner Expressway a harsh reminder of the headaches in store during the lengthy bridge reconstruction project near Jameson Ave.

For the second time this summer, the expressway is reduced to two lanes in either direction, to last until mid-December.

Unfortunately for drivers, the entire project isn’t scheduled to be completed until November 2011. With ramp closures, lane restrictions, a temporary detour and more, there’s a lot to remember. Here’s what you should know if you can’t avoid the Gardiner.

What is it: Reconstruction of three, 1950s-era bridges in the Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Jameson Ave. area, which began in May. According to city staff, the demolition and construction cannot be done in the presence of traffic for safety reasons.

What’s involved: The Lake Shore Blvd. bridges to Dunn Ave. and to Jameson Ave. were both demolished over the weekend.

• Westbound Lake Shore Blvd. W. has been temporarily detoured south of the Gardiner, west of Exhibition Place, until July 31, 2011.

• Half of the Jameson bridge has been demolished, leaving one lane in each direction and one for pedestrian and bicycle access. Once the new half is built next month, it will accommodate one lane in either direction. The second half will then be demolished and rebuilt.

Over the next few months, workers will rebuild the three bridges by gradually installing major structural elements, usually overnight.

That means you can’t: Use either Lake Shore Blvd. westbound bridges to and from Jameson Ave. or exit onto Lake Shore Blvd. or Jameson Ave. from the eastbound Gardiner. You also cannot access the expressway from eastbound Lake Shore Blvd. W. from the ramp east of Jameson Ave. Both ramps are closed until July 31, 2011 because of the Lake Shore Blvd. westbound detour.

You can still: Access east- and westbound Lake Shore Blvd. W. from Jameson Ave. by foot, car or bike. There is a temporary signalized intersection at Jameson Ave. and the Lake Shore Blvd. W. detour.

• Use Lake Shore Blvd. W. in both directions. It will maintain regular traffic flow throughout the construction — westbound is simply detoured, but remains at three lanes.

• Exit from the westbound Gardiner onto Dunn and Jameson Aves. One lane remains open on Lake Shore Blvd. W. to do so.

Restrictions and closures: The Gardiner Expressway is restricted to two lanes in each direction — for about 600 metres each way — near Jameson Ave. from now until Dec. 17.

Partial closures: The westbound Gardiner will be closed from Carlaw Ave. to the Humber River on Aug. 16 (11 p.m.) to Aug. 17 (5 a.m.). Then the eastbound Gardiner will be closed from Humber River to Spadina Ave. on Aug. 17 (11 p.m.) to Aug. 18 (5 a.m.).

The Gardiner will be closed in both directions from the Don Valley Parkway to Highway 427 on: Sept. 18 (2 a.m.) to Sept. 20 (5 a.m.). It will be closed nightly on Oct. 30 and 31 (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.); and Dec. 18 and 19 (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.).

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