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December 21, 2012

Gardiner Expressway in need of a half-a-billion dollar facelift, report says

Almost half of Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway is becoming more unstable and requires a costly repair, say the city’s engineers in a report.

Repairs could cost the city around half a billion dollars to patch up the elevated section over the next 10 years.

Engineers are most worried about the two-kilometre roadway that runs east of Jarvis Street and the one-kilometre stretch between Strachan Avenue and Rees Street.

The report also stated hundreds of other problems, including the corroding steel that reinforces the Gardiner.

The report came out after city officials and politicians assured the public that the expressway was structurally sound following several incidents where pieces of Gardiner were falling off.

According to a report by the National Post, the city has underspent on repair costs on 10 separate years since 1999. It fell short by $6.4 million in 2002, $10.3 million in 2008, 7.3 million in 2010 and $3.7 million in 2011.

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