Transportation

Gardiner Environmental Assessment

Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard East Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment and Integrated Urban Design Study

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.

Map of location of Gardiner East Reconfiguration Undertaking

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. To view the full decision history as well as staff reports, click here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.PW4.1. In March 2016, City Council then endorsed the ‘Hybrid Alternative Design Three’ as the preferred alternative design for the project. To view the full decision history as well as staff reports, click here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2016.PW11.1.

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.

Public Review

An electronic copy of the EA Report can be accessed at http://www.gardinereast.ca/participate.

A hard copy of the Gardiner EA can be viewed at the MOECC (135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor), Toronto City Hall Library (100 Queen Street West, Main Floor), Waterfront Toronto (20 Bay Street, Suite 1310), during regular business hours. An electronic copy of the Gardiner EA can also be viewed on the Gardiner East website Document Library or Participate page.

Anyone wishing to provide comments about the EA must submit their comments in writing to the MOECC by March 17, 2017. All comments must be submitted to:

Ms. Dorothy Moszynski, Project Officer

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Environmental Approvals Branch

135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor

Toronto, Ontario M4V 1P5

Email address: Dorothy.moszynski@ontario.ca

Tel: 416-314-3352/1-800-461-6290

Fax: 416-314-8452

A copy of all comments will be forwarded to the Proponents for their consideration.

If you have any questions or need further information about this project, please contact the Facilitator’s Office at info@gardinereast.ca or call 416-479-0662.