January 17, 2013
Environmental assessment of the Gardiner Expressway gets the green light, again
The City of Toronto’s budget committee recently passed a motion to reopen an environmental assessment of the Gardiner Expressway.
The $4.4 million study was previously shelved when Mayor Ford was voted into office and has been resurrected following the city’s $232 million surplus projection for 2012, which is the double their initial estimates.
The city has already reserved $105 million of the surplus for repairs to the crumbling expressway.
City staff expects the study could last six to nine years before any real reconstruction to the Gardiner could begin.
The elevated highway became a pressing issue in the city this summer after numerous incidents of falling concrete were reported.
A study by a private engineering firm found that sections of the elevated portion of the expressway could be unusable within the next decade.
City councilors hope the environmental assessment will help answer the question of whether to fix, or completely tear down the Gardiner.
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