Gardiner Expressway Lower Simcoe Ramp Removal


ExpandDemolition of York-Bay-Yonge Ramp Now Complete

The demolition of the York-Bay-Yonge ramp is now complete. Work started on April 17 and has been completed ahead of schedule.  We appreciate the patience of residents and businesses in the neighbourhood during this work. 

With the old ramp now demolished, the contractor has moved forward to complete the construction of the new ramp.  Last year, 4 of the 5 piers (or bridge support structure) for the new ramp were built.  To complete the construction of the new ramp, the contractor will be adding new girders (steel beams) to form the shape of the new ramp; when those pieces have been installed, the contractor will then install rebar and fill the form with concrete and install the de-icing mechanisms and lastly add asphalt.

In order to construct the new ramp, the eastbound on-ramp at Rees Street will need to be closed intermittently, Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the next 4 weeks  to allow work to take place during the day and reduce overnight work.

Interesting Facts

-    The old ramp measured 890 metres in length, while the new ramp will be 215 metres in length

-    99% of the steel and concrete from the old ramp has been recycled

Construction Phasing

Phase 1: Week of July 25, 2016 to December 2016


See construction images of Phase 1 below 

Phase 2: April 2017 to January 2018


Construction Schedule

Traffic Advisory During Demolition: April to July

Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents. Advanced notice about major road closures or restrictions will be communicated to stakeholders, the surrounding community and other road user groups.

  • Motorists will still have full access to downtown by exiting the eastbound Gardiner Expressway at Jameson Avenue, Spadina Avenue, Jarvis Street.
  • Motorists exiting the Gardiner Expressway at Spadina Avenue will be able to access Lake Shore Boulevard to travel eastbound. A locked gate along the ramp exit will be opened to allow motorists to move onto Lake Shore Boulevard. Bollards will be placed on Lake Shore Blvd ahead of the locked gate to provide a lane of traffic for motorists to move into. (Northbound/left turn lane at Spadina Avenue will remain open). See images below.


Green arrows indicates eastbound traffic movement from Spadina Avenue off-ramp onto Lake Shore Blvd.

  • Traffic signal times will be adjusted to reduce congestion.
  • Full access to all westbound Gardiner ramps from Lake Shore Blvd West will be maintained.
  • Orange and black advance traffic advisory signage will be placed at key locations.
  • Road closures and restrictions will be managed in coordination with local events.
  • Laneways and driveways that serve businesses will remain accessible for deliveries or service.
  • Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

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