Toronto will start tearing down of parts of the Gardiner this week. Here’s what that means for you

The City of Toronto will begin tearing down the Gardiner Expressway ramps to Logan Avenue as part of the planned Lake Shore Boulevard East project starting this week. Beginning Tuesday at 9 p.m., the Logan Avenue ramps on the east end of the Gardiner Expressway will permanently close as the city prepares to remove them starting this weekend. The city says ramp removal work will only occur on weekends. The Lake Shore Boulevard East project will also include the widening and lengthening of the Lake Shore bridge over the Don River, and rebuilding the roadway between Don Roadway and Carlaw Avenue to include safer intersection and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.Details of the project were announced on Aug. 20, and were approved in 2016 as part of the larger Gardiner Expressway Rehabilitation Plan. “It is a highly co-ordinated project between the City and Waterfront Toronto and includes other key stakeholders such as Metrolinx and Toronto Hydro,” said the city, in a press release.“This work will support planned realignment of the expressway to keep the roadway safer, facilitate broad improvements and liveability of the Port Lands area,” the city said, adding it will also, “significantly enhance the City’s future climate resiliency through the Port Lands Flood Mitigation Protection work undertaken by Waterfront Toronto.”What to expect: September to NovemberEvery weekend starting in September until October, Lake Shore Boulevard East will be closed from Cherry Street to Carlaw Avenue. Access to the westbound Gardiner can be accessed from Jarvis Street. Don Roadway will also be closed between the DVP and Commissioners Street.In November, work will start on Lake Shore Boulevard East. The city says Lake Shore Boulevard East likely won’t be shutdown again once the Gardiner ramps are removed.How construction will impact drivers and commutersThe city is warning drivers that the Gardiner ramp closure will result in larger traffic volumes eastbound. To try to ease the squeeze of traffic, the city will keep two lanes eastbound and one lane westbound open on Lake Shore for the duration of construction. The recommended alternate route for drivers travelling eastbound on Lake Shore Boulevard East is to follow Cherry Street north to Eastern Avenue eastbound. For drivers travelling westbound on Lake Shore Boulevard, drivers can also travel north on Leslie Street and westbound on Eastern Avenue.How construction will impact local residentsThe city says construction will start at 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will take place only on Saturdays and Sundays in September and October. Any work outside of these hours will be limited to cleaning up the Gardiner concrete sections, removal of steel beams, and “general non-crushing activities as well as other low-noise-production work.” The city reassures that workers will be diligent about cleaning up equipment before and after shifts and that “every effort is being made to use equipment with lower volume beacons that is also safe.” It adds that crews will use water trucks to try and control dust and mud.The city expects all roadway construction to be complete in 2024.With files from Ivy Mak.Cheyenne Bholla is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: cbholla@thestar.ca

Toronto will start tearing down of parts of the Gardiner this week. Here’s what that means for you

The City of Toronto will begin tearing down the Gardiner Expressway ramps to Logan Avenue as part of the planned Lake Shore Boulevard East project starting this week.

Beginning Tuesday at 9 p.m., the Logan Avenue ramps on the east end of the Gardiner Expressway will permanently close as the city prepares to remove them starting this weekend. The city says ramp removal work will only occur on weekends.

The Lake Shore Boulevard East project will also include the widening and lengthening of the Lake Shore bridge over the Don River, and rebuilding the roadway between Don Roadway and Carlaw Avenue to include safer intersection and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

Details of the project were announced on Aug. 20, and were approved in 2016 as part of the larger Gardiner Expressway Rehabilitation Plan.

“It is a highly co-ordinated project between the City and Waterfront Toronto and includes other key stakeholders such as Metrolinx and Toronto Hydro,” said the city, in a press release.

“This work will support planned realignment of the expressway to keep the roadway safer, facilitate broad improvements and liveability of the Port Lands area,” the city said, adding it will also, “significantly enhance the City’s future climate resiliency through the Port Lands Flood Mitigation Protection work undertaken by Waterfront Toronto.”

What to expect: September to November

Every weekend starting in September until October, Lake Shore Boulevard East will be closed from Cherry Street to Carlaw Avenue. Access to the westbound Gardiner can be accessed from Jarvis Street.

Don Roadway will also be closed between the DVP and Commissioners Street.

In November, work will start on Lake Shore Boulevard East. The city says Lake Shore Boulevard East likely won’t be shutdown again once the Gardiner ramps are removed.

How construction will impact drivers and commuters

The city is warning drivers that the Gardiner ramp closure will result in larger traffic volumes eastbound. To try to ease the squeeze of traffic, the city will keep two lanes eastbound and one lane westbound open on Lake Shore for the duration of construction.

The recommended alternate route for drivers travelling eastbound on Lake Shore Boulevard East is to follow Cherry Street north to Eastern Avenue eastbound. For drivers travelling westbound on Lake Shore Boulevard, drivers can also travel north on Leslie Street and westbound on Eastern Avenue.

How construction will impact local residents

The city says construction will start at 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will take place only on Saturdays and Sundays in September and October.

Any work outside of these hours will be limited to cleaning up the Gardiner concrete sections, removal of steel beams, and “general non-crushing activities as well as other low-noise-production work.”

The city reassures that workers will be diligent about cleaning up equipment before and after shifts and that “every effort is being made to use equipment with lower volume beacons that is also safe.” It adds that crews will use water trucks to try and control dust and mud.

The city expects all roadway construction to be complete in 2024.

With files from Ivy Mak.

Cheyenne Bholla is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: cbholla@thestar.ca