The City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto (the Proponents) have completed the environmental assessment for the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard East Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment and Integrated Urban Design Study (Gardiner EA). As required under section 6.2(1) of the Environmental Assessment Act (Act) and according to the Terms of Reference approved by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on November 30, 2009, the Proponents have submitted the Gardiner EA to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) for review and approval on January 27, 2017.
The EA will determine the future of the elevated Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard East corridor, from approximately Lower Jarvis Street to just east of the Don Valley Parkway at Logan Avenue. Alternative solutions considered as part of the EA include: maintain, improve, replace, remove and an additional hybrid option that combines maintain, replace and remove alternatives.
On June 11, 2015, Toronto City Council approved Hybrid as the preferred alternative solution in the EA study. In March 2016, City Council then endorsed the ‘Hybrid Alternative Design Three’ as the preferred alternative design for the project.
Hybrid 3 includes maintaining the existing elevated expressway between Lower Jarvis Street and Cherry Street, removing the existing Gardiner-DVP connection and rebuilding the connection along an alignment closer to the rail corridor. The preferred alternative design also requires the widening of the Metrolinx Don River/DVP rail bridge, removal of the Logan Street ramps and the addition of two ramps in Keating Channel Precinct.
As required under the Act, the Gardiner EA will be available for public review and comment from January 27, 2017 to March 17, 2017.
Waterfront Toronto and the CIty of Toronto are jointly carrying out the Gardiner Expressway / Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment (EA) and Integrated Urban Design Study. The EA will determine the future of the Gardiner Expressway East and Lake Shore Boulevard East, from approximately Jarvis Street to approximately Leslie Street.
The study area (as set out in the Terms of Reference) includes the easternmost portion of the Gardiner Expressway. This is the 2.4 kilometre section of road east of Jarvis Street to approximately Logan Avenue.
Notice of Approval
The Environmental Assessment for the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard East Reconfiguration was approved by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on November 22, 2017.
Thank you to all the organizations and individuals who participated in the environmental assessment for their involvement.
Second Comment Period On Gardiner East EA Closes July 28, 2017
The second public comment period on the Gardiner East EA closes this Friday, July 28, 2017. Submissions must be made to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, which is managing the public review of the EA, at:
Environmental Approvals Branch
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st floor
Re: Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard East Reconfiguration
Environmental Assessment and Urban Design Study
Attention: Ms. Dorothy Moszynski, Project Officer
More information about the Ministry's review of the EA can be found at: Ministry Review of the Gardiner Expressway EA.
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