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Gardiner Expressway: Debate at Toronto City Hall enters second day

Gardiner Expressway: Debate at Toronto City Hall enters second day

Global News June 10, 2015


TORONTO – The debate over what to do with the aging Gardiner Expressway is shifting into high gear.

Toronto City Council will discuss what to do with the eastern portion of the expressway for a second day on Thursday.

On Wednesday, they voted against sending the decision back to staff for more study on another option.

Councillor Jim Karygiannis suggested the expressway be buried, creating a tunnel under Lakeshore Boulevard at a cost of $2.5 billion.

The motion would have delayed the decision for 60 days.

That means councillors are getting closer to a vote.

They have to decide between tearing down the expressway and replacing it with a street-level boulevard, or the hybrid option.

Mayor John Tory has been touting the hybrid option, which would entail rebuilding and tweaking what’s already there.

It would only take down part of the expressway.

Tory said tearing it down would minimize congestion and keep the city moving.

At last count, council was divided between the two options.

A decision is expected some time this week.