Section by section, city staff are looking at options on what to do with the crumbling Gardiner expressway.
Today, they've nixed one idea: a tunnel under the downtown core.
As Waterfront Toronto is examines options for the Gardiner East of Jarvis, they're looking at the whole project in general.
And while they're considering patch work, replacing the whole deck or just giving it a facelift by separating the East and Westbound lanes, a new elevated expressway is also viable.
It would have middle columns to hold it up, instead of the ones placed on the side of Lakeshore Blvd, as they are right now.
Lakeshore would still run underneath.
For the portion just east of Jarvis, it would cost taxpayers $910 million. A tunnel in that portion, would be about $2 billion.
Waterfront Toronto VP of planning and design Chris Glaisek says it wouldn't make sense to have a tunnel, which is better for express routes.
Council will be considering this next spring.
If this option is chosen, the traffic chaos wouldn't start until at least 2018.