May 07, 2015
By Jane Brown
Tearing down the east end of the Gardiner Expressway would add ten minutes to already-slow eastbound morning commutes.
A new study by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Intelligent Transportation Systems also finds traffic congestion, after the tear down, would cost nearly $37-millon annually in lost productivity and divert about 1600 cars a day from the Don Valley Parkway onto Richmond Street.
The report is to be released today. It comes a week before the city’s public works committee tackles the difficult question of what to do about the deteriorating, relatively lightly travelled stretch of the Gardiner east of Jarvis.
The study was commissioned by the Gardiner Coalition, a group that includes the CAA South Central Ontario and the Toronto Financial Business Improvement Area.
The coalition is pushing the City of Toronto to opt for the more expensive option of maintaining a direct link between the Gardiner and the DVP.
According to city staff, a complete tear down would cost about $416-million. The so-called hybrid option, which would still connect Gardiner drivers to the DVP, is estimated to cost more than twice as much.