Gardiner Expressway open in both directions
A weekend closure of Toronto's Gardiner Expressway originally slated to continue until Monday morning has wrapped up early, with the highway opened to traffic in both directions just after 5:15 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The busy highway had been closed between Carlaw Avenue and the Humber River for maintenance work since 2 a.m. local time on Saturday. The closure was scheduled to lift on Monday at 8 a.m. ET but the work wrapped up early, according to the Toronto Police's traffic services department.
Some were surprised such a busy highway would close over a long weekend but Peter Noehammer, the city’s director of transportation services, said a weekend closure is the best way to complete the essential maintenance work.
"Rather than a number of smaller closures … we combine all of that work into one short co-ordinated closure," he told CBC News. "Traffic volumes are lower on the weekend than during the week."
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"There's no good time to close the Gardiner," he said. "But people generally appreciate that the work needs to be done, because it’s safety-related and an important part of Toronto’s transportation network."
The specific work carried out includes:
- Continuation of work on the Jameson bridge.
- Deck repairs.
- Repairs to bases of light poles.
- Spring catch basin cleaning for water drainage.
- Maintenance of pavement markings and signs.
- Maintenance of closed-circuit television cameras.
- Inspection and repair of overhead signs.
- RESCU vehicle detector repairs.
- Guiderail repairs.
- Expressway sweeping and litter removal.