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Gardiner Expressway Update

As I mentioned in my last newsletter, earlier this year, city staff released a report on the joint City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto study on the eastern section of the Gardiner Express way (from Jarvis to Logan).

City staff reviewed four options for the future of the eastern section of the Gardiner (maintain, improve, replace and remove) and recommended the remove option.

When city staff’s report came to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in late March, the Committee directed staff to report back in early 2015 following further study of the track and congestion impacts of the recommended option.

The Committee also asked staff to study a proposal brought forward by First Gulf that involves realigning the eastern leg of the Gardiner.

Accelerated Rehabilitation

While the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee deferred a decision on the Gardiner’s eastern leg pending further study, City Council approved an innovative plan to accelerate the rehabilitation of the elevated highway.

The newly approved plan centres on the use of prefabricated deck and girder sections to replace the at-grade and deck sections of the expressway at the same time. The new approach is expected to shave eight years of construction time o of the rehabilitation project, which city sta estimate is equal to about $3 billion in user impacts.

Port Lands Planning Study

The city and Waterfront Toronto are conducting four studies on economic development, urban design, transportation and infrastructure issues in the Port Lands and the area south of Eastern Avenue.

The first study will focus on developing a planning framework for the Port Lands, building on momentum from the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative, which I pushed forward last year at City Council and maintains Waterfront Toronto’s vision for a green, mixed-use waterfront while saving $120 million in infrastructure costs.

In fall 2012, I moved a successful motion asking city staff to explore all of the options to speed up the naturalization of the Don River, a key first step to unlocking development in the Port Lands, and I am pleased to see the initial planning steps getting underway!

A public consultation meeting is being held on Thursday, November 28 at 6 p.m. in the Riverdale Collegiate auditorium (1094 Gerrard St. E).

For more information, please visit http://www.portlandsconsultation.ca.

Gardiner Expressway Environmental Assesment

Photo:  Gardiner East

The city and Waterfront Toronto are studying options for the future of the eastern section of the Gardiner Expressway from Jarvis Street to Logan Avenue.

The options under review are to maintain the expressway as it is and perform annual maintenance; keep the expressway, but look for ways to improve it; replace it with a new above or below ground expressway; or, remove it and replace it with a new boulevard.

Earlier this week, city staff released a report on the joint City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto study on the future of the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway from Jarvis to Logan.

City staff reviewed four options for the future of the eastern section of the Gardiner: maintain, improve, replace or remove. You can read the full report here.

The report will go to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee next week and is expected to come before City Council for a final vote in early April.

I will be watching the committee proceedings closely and fully reviewing the report before it comes to Council.

If you haven’t already, I’d appreciate hearing from you on this issue – your feedback is integral to my decision making process.

Just send me an email at Councillor_Robinson@toronto.ca or call my office at 416-395-6408 and let me know what you think!

You can learn more about the study as well as the options under review by visiting www.gardinereast.ca/.