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Gardiner Expressway Hybrid Design

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The materials representing a truly horrendous waste of time, energy, money, and resources.
Wasn't it established already that the above works are for Enbridge line replacement, as opposed to Gardiner replacement?
 

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Those slabs look more suited to Gardiner repairs than gas line replacement. The gas lines are just being trenched into the ground and backfilled. The Gardiner rehab requires prefab concrete panels to replace the decking.

The Gardiner replacement is still a while away. This is just the deck replacement for the portion that will remain in place (from west of Cherry Street) - similar to the work that occurred on the western portion a few years back.

The scope of work for Contract No. 18ECS-TI-01GE involves replacing the 1.1 kilometres of concrete deck and girders of the Expressway between Jarvis Street and Cherry Street, replacing the westbound off-ramp at Sherbourne Street and the eastbound on-ramp at Jarvis Street, rehabilitating the westbound off-ramp leading to Yonge, Bay and York Streets, and installing new street lighting along the Expressway and ramps. Construction is planned to commence in the Fall of 2018 and be completed by the end of 2020
 
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I guess I could've also just gone to the previous page instead of trying to look up the details. This picture specifies its for the Gardiner.
Nah, your explanation is great and provided some much needed answers. I see this giant sarcophagus forming, and that it's simply to repair the existing expwy and has little to do with the rejigging is news to me. Will have to rectify what I've been telling people.
 

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This is after they buried it in a very, very expensive tunnel.
And the motivation there was mainly to avoid damage & injuries/deaths from a future earthquake.

And like every other example that people love to cite, there’s a much bigger freeway very close by — in this case, 10 lanes of Interstate 5 that are 500 meters away. I don’t think anyone would object to removing the Gardiner if there was a 10 lane freeway where Richmond and Adelaide are located.
 

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Work starts on the rehab of the Gardiner between Jarvis and Cherry Sts with closure of the WB offramp to York/Bay/Yonge for reconstruction starting tonight: https://www.cp24.com/news/it-will-no-doubt-be-disruptive-yonge-bay-york-off-ramp-from-wb-gardiner-to-close-1.4508183

First part of the $2.3B work to rehab the existing highway. Closures of other ramps will follow later before this contract is completed in 2021.

While Toronto is still worshipping the automobile, other cities around the world are banning them.
If I lived close to work in a town of 300k I would probably bike too. A bit more difficult when you are 10km+ from the work place.
 

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If I lived close to work in a town of 300k I would probably bike too. A bit more difficult when you are 10km+ from the work place.
I'm not sure why the alternatives to commuting by car are limited to cycling.

Transit is a perfectly reasonable option.

For shorter distances, walking is also quite reasonable.

What's being highlighted isn't just one city or one initiative. Its a determined effort, in many cities around the globe to shift away from a 'car first' line of thinking.

Part of such a shift is reducing expenses on maintaining high-cost auto-centric infrastructure by way of demolishing/narrowing highways, and/or by tolling them.

The key element in this is freeing up room in municipal/regional budgets to make additional investments in public transportation, and in the public realm, such as bike lanes, wider sidewalks and pedestrian-priority zones.

Put another way, if the choice were made to replace the eastern Gardiner with a lower-to-maintain grade-level road, the savings in costs might be enough to pay for the Waterfront East LRT and/or the GO Station at East Harbour. Making it easier for more people to choose alternatives to the car when commuting.
 

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Thought it might be interesting to note that Sydney opened the first phase of it's new underground M4 freeway this week.

The tunnel extends the M4 motorway 5.5km closer to downtown. It's the first of a 3 phase project that will create a new, almost entirely underground loop from the M4 to the M5 near the airport. This includes a new full free-flow interchange just north of the airport and several other complicated tunnel interchanges and access routes.

While the project won't run directly downtown, it will connect to the Western Distribution Freeway which is a downtown freeway that already exists and ends about 2km outside of downtown.


A map of the full project is available here:

 

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Work starts on the rehab of the Gardiner between Jarvis and Cherry Sts with closure of the WB offramp to York/Bay/Yonge for reconstruction starting tonight: https://www.cp24.com/news/it-will-no-doubt-be-disruptive-yonge-bay-york-off-ramp-from-wb-gardiner-to-close-1.4508183

First part of the $2.3B work to rehab the existing highway. Closures of other ramps will follow later before this contract is completed in 2021.



If I lived close to work in a town of 300k I would probably bike too. A bit more difficult when you are 10km+ from the work place.
I bike from central Etobicoke to work downtown and back every day. 15 km one way.
 

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Thought it might be interesting to note that Sydney opened the first phase of it's new underground M4 freeway this week.

The tunnel extends the M4 motorway 5.5km closer to downtown. It's the first of a 3 phase project that will create a new, almost entirely underground loop from the M4 to the M5 near the airport. This includes a new full free-flow interchange just north of the airport and several other complicated tunnel interchanges and access routes.

While the project won't run directly downtown, it will connect to the Western Distribution Freeway which is a downtown freeway that already exists and ends about 2km outside of downtown.


A map of the full project is available here:

Sure, Sydney has an extensive and growing tunnelled expressway system which is more often than not a delight to use. But Sydney tolls these roads, and that would be unacceptable in Toronto.
 
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