The Gardiner Expressway and Congestion
A proposal for a critical analysis of the problem concerning the Gardiner Expressway and congestion.
# 136321 | 2,000 words | 11 sources | APA | 2007 |
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Canadian Studies (Misc.) , Canadian Studies (Economics and Finance) , Political Science (General) , Economics (General)
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In this article, the writer discusses that the issue of over-crowding and congestion on the Gardiner Expressway has been with Torontonians for some time. The writer notes that an extension to Front Street and the dismantlement of the Gardiner was proposed in 1985, but nothing substantive was ever done. The writer points out that various proposals for relieving congestion along the waterfront have been bandied about for at least twenty years without any of them being pursued in reality. The writer maintains that one of the main reasons for this inaction appears to be the cost. The writer concludes that the Gardiner is not bearing nearly enough vehicles on its existing lanes and it is becoming an onerous maintenance problem.
From the Paper:"...is the big thing: a March, 2000, proposal to rebuild the Gardiner below ground with four lanes and a 1.3 kilometer tunnel extending from Strachan to Spadina Avenues (and at street level from Spadina Avenue to the Don Valley Parkway) was pegged at $1.2 billion in cost. Thus, getting rid of the creaking Gardiner Expressway will tie up a substantial amount of public funds - and Toronto mayor David Miller has already complained about the lack of funding sources facing the city as it tries to revitalize its waterfront. In any event, the Gardiner Expressway carries about 16,000 vehicles each day and costs millions to maintain: a Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation report in late 2006 said that it would cost roughly $10-12 million to maintain the structure just in its present form."
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