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Major repairs to Gardiner begin in July

The city will begin much-needed repairs on the crumbling Gardiner Expressway next month.

The first phase of the 10-year, $150-million rehabilitation project will begin in early to mid-July and should be finished by mid-September, according to Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong, chair of the public works and infrastructure committee.

It will focus on the area between York and Jarvis streets and “restore and preserve the integrity of the elevated structure, improve its durability and prolong its service life,” a city document says.

Crews will replace and repair precast concrete box girders, repair column supports and replace drainage systems. They’ll also install six new message signs between Strachan Avenue and Parliament Street.

For about six weeks, while crews replace beams, roads in the area will be closed.

They include the on-ramp from Bay Street to the eastbound Gardiner, the off-ramp from the Gardiner to Jarvis, the westbound lanes of Lake Shore Boulevard and Bay and Yonge streets.

Though there will likely be some daytime closures, the city says they won’t happen during rush hour and the bulk will be during the evenings or overnight.

On Monday, a chunk of concrete fell from the Gardiner and hit a Mercedes-Benz driving east on Lake Shore near Yonge. It was the fourth time since last month that pieces of the elevated structure have broken off.

Minnan-Wong said the life span of the repairs will depend on the weather, road salt and other factors.

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