Public Review of Gardiner EA Report
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 Jan. 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.
Please visit the Participate page to review the Final EA Report and learn how to submit your comments.