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Published on January 18th, 2013 | by Jordan

Repairing the Gardiner Expressway

If you’re one of the thousands of motorists who make their daily commute on the Gardiner Expressway then this post should come as no surprise.  The highway made headlines several times in 2012 due to Gardiner Expressway roadside assistance problems,  falling debris and our city leaders’ reluctance to make serious, costly repairs.  And things have only gotten worse. The Star recently reported that “city engineers believe nearly half the elevated portion of the Gardiner Expressway is becoming structurally unstable and have asked for half a billion dollars to tear out problem sections and rebuild them over the next decade … The work requires ripping out the road down to the steel girder frame and will have significant and prolonged traffic implications.”

Regardless of how soon these much-needed repairs get approved, the future and safety of one of the GTA’s major expressways is in serious jeopardy.

Gardiner Expressway roadside assistance problem fallen concrete on road

“A chunk estimated at 16 inches long by 12 inches wide by two inches thick, fell off the Gardiner in May.” – Photo courtesy of thestar.com

CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) has always been committed to speaking out on behalf of its Members and today is no different. In a recent press release we called on Toronto city councilors to “put indecision and partisanship aside, and focus on public safety, namely supporting the budget committee’s recommendation to fund dire repairs on the deteriorating Gardiner Expressway. Safety is a top priority for CAA SCO. Studies have shown that the expressway has been crumbling and cracking due in part to years of neglect. With the safety of road users being put at risk CAA SCO has been calling on city councilors to refrain from making safety a partisan issue.”

Gardiner Expressway roadside assistance workers clear debris

“Workers make repairs to the Gardiner Expressway near Jarvis Street on Dec. 11, 2012.” Photo courtesy of thestar.com.

CAA SCO believes that if nothing is done about the state of the highway, the risk of a lengthy closure due to safety concerns increases and would have an enormous impact not only on the GTA’s economy and road congestion, but also on the quality of life for GTA residents. CAA SCO is working dutifully to spread awareness of the Gardiner’s deteriorating safety conditions and encourages the community to make their voice heard. “There is no more time for debate. We’re at the tipping point. The highway is deteriorating and experts have warned that any delay could be devastating,” said Faye Lyons, a member of CAA SCO’s Government Relations team, “the time is now to make the Gardiner safe for all road users.”

How do you feel about the state of the Gardiner Expressway? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us in the comments section below!

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