TORONTO, Ont. – The Gardiner Expressway is back open for business, but lane restrictions continue.

The eastbound and westbound Gardiner has been reduced from three to two lanes through the Jameson Avenue area.

Toronto police Sgt. Tim Burrows, with Traffic Services, said this is going to affect drivers for a while.

Drivers are being told to plan ahead and leave themselves extra time.

“You’re taking away a kilometre of a lane in each direction, which is just going to impact [...] how much traffic is going to get through there at any given time,” Sgt. Burrows said.

It all has to do with the reconstruction of three bridges at Jameson, Dunn and Dowling avenues.

Sgt. Burrows called it a mammoth project that will take well over a year to complete.

Bruce Zvaniga with Toronto Transportation Services told 680News it’s necessary.

“The structural repairs are an indication of bridges that are probably now more than 40 years old and require major work,” Zvaniga said.

There will be other closures taking place on the Gardiner that will last until December.

The scheduled lane closures on the Gardiner are as follows:

  • May 17 to Jun 11 — Gardiner is scheduled to be restricted to two lanes in both directions near Jameson Avenue
  • May 17-18 (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) — Eastbound collector lanes are scheduled to be closed from west of Kipling Avenue to Park Lawn. No eastbound on/off-ramp access at Kipling, Islington and Park Lawn
  • May 22 (2 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.) — Eastbound collector lanes are scheduled to be closed from west of Kipling Avenue to Park Lawn Road. No eastbound on/off-ramp access at Kipling, Islington and Park Lawn
  • June 6 (2 a.m. to 2 p.m.) — Gardiner is scheduled to be closed both directions from the DVP to Humber River for Ride for Heart
  • June 12-13 (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) — Gardiner is scheduled to be closed nightly in both directions from the DVP to Humber River

For a full list of upcoming road closures and projects, visit the Toronto Transportation website.

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