Torontonians are used to construction, naturally. It follows us at every turn, whether we're a driver, a pedestrian, a transit commuter, or a walker. Well, it's happening again. Starting on the evening of October 4 and running all the way until spring 2020, a Gardiner Expressway closure will see the westbound Sherbourne-Jarvis off-ramp shuttered.
Drivers and commuters heading west out of the city have only just got back into the swing of things after having to deal with the York-Bay-Yonge Gardiner ramp closing for two months until earlier in September.
That closure was an early stage of rehabilitation work which is currently being carried out on Jarvis Street. The Jarvis-Cherry project's next phase is the construction of a new westbound ramp at Sherbourne Street, hence the closure of the current Sherbourne-Jarvis entrance in that direction.
According to a City of Toronto press release, major construction to replace the ramp will begin at 11:59 p.m. this Friday, October 4, and is expected to last all the way until spring 2020.So, what can you expect?
Drivers will see the westbound Gardiner reduced to two lanes from the Don Valley Parkway to just west of the Sherbourne/Jarvis off-ramp from 10 p.m. on October 4 until 5 a.m. that night. This, in turn, will help facilitate workers' safety while setting up the work area.
"During the construction period, drivers will need to consider alternative routes such as the westbound Gardiner Expressway Yonge-Bay-York off-ramp or the southbound Don Valley Parkway ramp to Richmond Street," says the press release.According to the city, crews will mostly work 24/7 in order to speed the project up and reduce the length of construction. "The majority of the most disruptive work should be completed by 11 p.m. most days, however, in some instances, disruptive work must be performed overnight for the safety of crews and the travelling public."
Global News says another phase of construction will also begin later in October which will see the Gardiner reduced to two lanes in each direction between York Street and the DVP. This is where crews will be working to replace what is necessary on the expressway between Jarvis and Cherry streets.
The Gardiner Expressway's westbound Sherbourne/Jarvis off-ramp will be closed for an extended period starting Frida… https://t.co/9eiHkdl2iV— City of Toronto (@City of Toronto)1569870637.0
The Jarvis-Cherry rehab is the city's first project as part of the Gardiner Expressway Strategic Rehabilitation Plan.
This plan addresses the immediate and long-term upgrades that the expressway needs between Highway 427 and the DVP in order to ensure that it continues to be in a safe and operable condition now and in the future.The city advises that people plan their travel in advance, as well as consider alternative routes or take public transit. They must also "obey signage around work zones for the safety of the work crews and be patient while driving."