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Councillors Discuss the State of the Gardiner

The city's budget committee has voted to restart an environmental study of future options of the Gardiner Expressway

The city's budget committee has voted to restart an environmental study of future options of the Gardiner Expressway, which may lead to a section of the highway being torn down east of Jarvis.

City council still needs to approve spending the approximately 4 million dollars to look all options.

Councillors are already considering spending $500 million dollars on critical repairs to the crumbling expressway over the next 10 years.

Councillor Doug Ford doesn't think the roadway will just disappear. As a matter of fact, he says nothing would be torn down, unless there’s a better solution in place.

Councillor Gord Perks is thinking. He says now is the time to start talking about those different options to the Gardiner. He wants to talk to Torontonians and come up with a plan.

City staff say it could take 6-9 years to complete a tear down of part of the highway. Some are now worrying about spending money on current repairs if it's just coming down anyways.

(with files from R. Courtney)

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  1. omar posted on 01/08/2013 04:29 PM
    what we need to do is tear it down build, a tunnel underneath it that should be part of the city and it should be a toll road, the money collected from tolls would be enough to cover the cost building. (407 etr made 675 million last year) of maintenance and repairs and since it would be underground it would'nt be exposed to elements.its time we make this move..
    or what we should do is increase the road tax from 75 a year to maybe 300 a year aka just the way thedo it in europe.
  2. Walter posted on 01/08/2013 09:17 PM
    There is a big problem if the Gardiner is torn down, and then a tunnel built underneath - and that is what do you do during the 5 to 10 years of construction. Not only would the Gardiner be closed, a good part of the Lakeshore would also have to be closed. The foundation for the current Gardiner is too deep and it would be prohibitive to tunnel under that - the tunnel would probably have to be 50 feet deep

    The best solution is to use the railway corridor to built the Gardiners replacement. That way the existing infrastructure coudl be used while the new one is built. I would guess it would cost about $1.5B to go over the railway, and probably 2 to 3 times that to go under.

    If all, or parts of the Downtown Relief Line (DRL) Subway is to follow the railway for part of its route through the downtown, then that must also be considered before the new Gardiner can be built.
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