Feb 05, 2014
By AM740 Staff
A City of Toronto staff report is recommending that a section of the Gardiner Expresway be torn down. That’s one of four possibilities that city council will consider. A final decision is not expected until next year. Christopher Glaisek is Vice President, planning and design for the Toronto waterfront Revitalization Corporation. He says the section under discussion is a 2.4-kilometre, elevated stretch of the highway between Jarvis and Leslie Streets. Glaisek says it’s the least used portion of the Gardiner and functions as a feeder to the downtown core. Today’s report contains four ways to deal with the Gardiner maintain it, improve it, replace it or remove it. Mayor Ford is opposed to tearing down the eastern Gardiner. He says that would cause traffic chaos. He says maintaining the aging structure would be most cost-effective. The matter goes before the public works committee in early March.