F.G. Gardiner Expressway Strategic Rehabilitation Plan

Rank 2021


Image Credit: Aecon

Industry Sector: Transportation

Project Type: Highway

Project Value: $2.3 billion

Funding Source: Public

Federal Funding: $820 million (anticipated)

Municipal Funding: $1.48 billion

Province: Ontario

City / Region: Toronto

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2021

The City of Toronto is taking a proactive approach to managing the rehabilitation of the Gardiner to keep the roadway in safe and operable condition. City staff have evaluated the procurement options and are recommending an AFP approach to rehabilitate the Gardiner in the most efficient way for Toronto residents and businesses.

The proposed plan addresses the rehabilitation of the expressway, extending from Highway 427 to the eastern limit at Logan Avenue, including the 11-kilometre at-grade section from Highway 427 to Dufferin Street with its 32 bridges and structures, and the seven-kilometre elevated section from Dufferin Street to Logan Avenue with 335 spans. It incorporates the change of scope for the rehabilitation of the Gardiner Expressway east of Jarvis Street based on the future outcome of the environmental assessment.

In June 2018, a $308.5-million contract for Phase 1 of the project between Cherry Street and Jarvis Street. Construction began on this section of the project in 2019, and is expected to be completed in early 2021.

Project Owner: City of Toronto

Engineer: Morrison Hershfield (baseline study of substructure components)

Project/Construction Manager: Aecon (Section 1)

Environmental Services: Dillon Consulting (environmental assessment); Perkins+Will; Hargreaves Associates

Other Key Players: EY, Hanscomb, and HDR (advisory support); Aon (risk advisor); WSP (design work); Englobe; Entuitive

Supplier Other: Canam Group

Legal: Blake, Cassels & Graydon (City of Toronto); Osler

Road or Transit Length (km): 18

Financing Detail: The total capital cost estimate for the construction portion (excluding operations and maintenance over the 30-year period) is $2.57 billion (inflated dollars), and the City of Toronto anticipates federal funding to cover $820 million of those costs. The total contract value (including operations and maintenance) is expected to be approximately $3.85 billion.

2020 Rank: 26

2019 Rank: 23

2018 Rank: 19

2017 Rank: 14

2016 Rank: 17


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