While summer season often means enjoying the sunshine and traveling, the warm season is also known as the perfect time for construction. The city of Toronto has announced that Torontonians can expect delays during the Gardiner Jarvis Street to Cherry Street rehabilitation project, a two-year-long construction plan. Starting on Monday, the first phase of this project will begin and will close down Gardiner Expressway westbound Younge-Bay-York Ramp for two months.
The City of Toronto states that as the first phase of their rehabilitation project, the Gardiner Expressway westbound Yonge-Bay-York off-ramp will be fully closed from July 15 until September 16, 2019. The on-ramp will also be closed overnight from July 16 to July 31.
The city warns that with lane restrictions also on the DVP during this time, commuters should plan their travel in advance and be patient on the roads as delays may occur. The city also encourages to take transit or consider alternate routes.
If you are planning to access downtown, other routes will need to be taken during the summer months. Drivers are able to exit the DVP onto Richmond Street.
The two-month construction for this area will work on removing and replacing asphalt, lights posts, and barrier walls.
However, this is only the beginning. During this project, the city will be spending the next two years closing down sections of the Gardiner from Jarvis Street to Cherry Street in attempts to rehabilitate off-ramps and concrete decks.
The City estimates the project will be completed in early 2021, but many closures will be taking place from now until then.
While the dates of the other closures have yet to be announced by the City of Toronto, they will include closing off the north side of the Gardiner Expressway between Jarvis and Cherry Street and closing the Sherbourne Street westbound off-ramp sometime during 2019.
2020 can expect to see the on-ramp at Jarvis street being closed as well as the south side of the Gardiner Expressway between Jarvis and Cherry Street.
To view a few lists of closures throughout the project, you can visit the City of Toronto website here.