TORONTO — Construction details of the planned Lake Shore Boulevard East project have been announced by the City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto with construction slated to get underway at the end of the month.
The work, part of both the Gardiner Expressway Rehabilitation Plan and Port Lands Flood Mitigation Protection project, will “support planned realignment of the expressway to keep the roadway safer, facilitate broad improvements and livability of the Port Lands area, improve public access to the Port Lands and enhance the city’s future climate resiliency,” states a release.
Construction is being led by Waterfront Toronto. The first step of the project is the permanent removal of the Logan Avenue ramp at the most eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway. The project also includes widening and lengthening the Lake Shore Bridge over the Don River and rebuilding the roadway between Don Roadway and Carlaw Avenue.
Removal of the Logan Avenue ramp supports the Gardiner realignment work and allows for the Lake Shore Bridge to be lengthened and widened. Once the Lake Shore Bridge is re-engineered, the new space will accommodate bike lanes, pedestrian paths and a new linear park, and allow for the redesign and naturalization of the Don River, which will be a critical element for future flood protection.
The package of work was planned and approved in 2016 as part of the larger Gardiner Expressway Rehabilitation Plan.
In addition to the city and Waterfront Toronto it also includes key stakeholders such as Metrolinx and Toronto Hydro.
“Every effort has been made to reduce construction impacts for the project,” states the City of Toronto’s release. “It was designed and engineered to be as efficient as possible, including cost savings of approximately $35 million and a shorter construction period which will reduce traffic disruption by two years and deliver infrastructure improvements to local residents and the travelling public four years earlier than planned. Extensive consultation has taken place with residents, businesses and interest groups over the past few years.”
All roadway construction is anticipated to be complete in 2024.