Update — Monday, August 4, 2:33 p.m.: The project to replace the median between Ellis Avenue and Dufferin Street ended today.
While motorists and transit passengers may heave a sigh of relief at noon tomorrow, Sunday, April 27, when the City finishes its annual spring maintenance of the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway, don’t get too smug in your relief.
In addition to getting the roadway ready for summer travel, City crews also got ready for upcoming construction by setting up barriers for three major construction projects, all part of the City’s Gardiner Expressway strategic rehabilitation project.
City contractors will continue to block lanes on the expressway until December 2016, although the City will fully open all lanes temporarily in summer 2015 during the PanAm / Para PanAm Games.
During this time, GO Transit is warning passengers that starting Monday, April 28, GO buses serving the 16 Hamilton / Toronto express, 21 Milton / Toronto, 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto, 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto, 63 King City / Toronto, 65 Newmarket / Toronto and 71 Stouffville / Toronto routes may regularly operate as much as 30 minutes behind schedule, especially during rush hours. However, the buses should continue to operate along their regular routes, although GO Transit control may instruct drivers to detour onto parallel streets such as Lake Shore Boulevard or The Queensway, depending on traffic conditions.
Also, work on the project continues to block access to Humber Loop from Lake Shore Boulevard West for TTC streetcars operating along the the 301Queen overnight, 501 Queen and 508 Lake Shore routes. Shuttle buses replace the cars west of the Humber.