Don Valley Parkway closed this weekend for annual maintenance and improvements
@ M. Jannat
The City of Toronto will close the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) this weekend to perform annual maintenance and improvement activities from Friday, August 6 at 11 p.m. until Monday, August 9 at 5 a.m. The closure will include the entire expressway from Highway 401 to the F.G. Gardiner Expressway.
A full closure of the DVP for one weekend each year is an important and safe way that City road crews, engineers and other stakeholders, such as Toronto Hydro, can make improvements and keep the expressway in the best state of good repair.
To support travel and manage congestion over the weekend, the City has detailed traffic plans. Staff will actively monitor adjacent routes and re-time nearly 300 traffic signals around the closure, as well as around Rogers Centre, BMO Field and the planned ActiveTO Lake Shore East vehicle closure (Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue). Signage to notify drivers about this weekend’s maintenance closure has been put in place and activated, and information has been posted on the City’s social media accounts and here
City staff estimate that it would take approximately 30 to 40 separate daily lane closures to complete the same amount of highly coordinated work that will be performed in just 54 hours over a single weekend.
Some specific activities that are expected to be undertaken during the closure include (numbers are approximate):
13 lane kilometres of roadway milling and paving
Use of 8,000 tonnes of asphalt
Inspection of and controlled chipping on bridges
Construction and repair of roadside ditches
Cleaning of bridge joints and catch basins
Graffiti and litter removal
Guiderail repairs and replacement
Inspection and repair of CRASH systems that help cushion and redirect vehicles from barricades and barriers
Roadside and overhead sign maintenance
Inspection of maintenance of RESCU cameras and equipment cabinets
Repair of traffic detection equipment
Investigation of claims related to vehicle collisions
Other work related to expressway lights and utilities to be performed by Toronto Hydro
People travelling into and around the city should consider using public transit, such as TTC or GO Transit services.
Drivers should plan their route in advance using a wayfinding app to avoid the closure, expect delays, and leave plenty of extra time for their trip. Alternate driving routes include Kingston Road, Victoria Park Avenue, Leslie Street, Bayview Avenue and Avenue Road.
ActiveTO routes that will be in place this weekend include part of Lake Shore Boulevard East, roads within High Park and roads that connect the Meadoway, between Brimley Road and Scarborough Golf Club Road. Those planning to use ActiveTO routes should do so by bike or as a pedestrian, since on-site parking is limited or not available. Learn more about ActiveTO here
A map for residents and visitors to help make their travel plans is available here
In addition, the City’s T.O.INview map shows planned capital construction work taking place across the city. T.O.Inview can be accessed here
Details about the closure are available here