HOV Lanes Are Gone, but Construction on the Gardiner Continues

Update: July 30, 2015 Police Issue 1,735 HOV tickets During Pan Am Games, July 27, 2015 HOV Lanes to Be Reduced to Two Occupants Effective July 28, 2015,July 22/15 Road Test Exams Cancelled Due To Pan Am Games, July 22/15 Temporary HOV Lanes to Evolve Into Permanent HOT Lanes, July 1/15 HOV Lanes: Pan American/Parapan American Games

HOV lanes on the Gardiner Expressway will open up to all traffic, but contruction will start Wednesday on the elevated portion between Bathurst and Strachan.
HOV lanes on the Gardiner Expressway will open up to all traffic, but contruction will start Wednesday on the elevated portion between Bathurst and Strachan.

Work resumes Wednesday to replace the deck of the elevated part of the expressway between Bathurst and Strachan, reducing traffic to two lanes each way.

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Work resumes Wednesday to replace the deck of the elevated part of the expressway between Bathurst and Strachan, reducing traffic to two lanes each way (eastbound and westbound).
Work resumes Wednesday to replace the deck of the elevated part of the expressway between Bathurst and Strachan, reducing traffic to two lanes each way (eastbound and westbound). There will be constant congestion in these lanes until construction is expected to be completed until October, 2015.

The good news for solo drivers: special HOV lanes created for the Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games are being taken out Tuesday. The bad news: On Wednesday, construction on the Gardiner Expressway resumes. So there goes that extra lane.

During the entire stretch of the construction, where the posted speed limit is 70 km/h, you'll be riding beside cement barriers with wire fences attached to them, while work is being conducted on the inside of this barrier.
During the entire stretch of the construction, where the posted speed limit is 70 km/h, you’ll be riding beside cement barriers with wire fences attached to them, while work is being conducted on the inside of this barrier.

While the hoopla is over now, the lanes will remain restricted until Tuesday to allow athletes, their families and dignitaries to get home.

The lane closures will extend beyond construction zones to help with traffic flow, the city says, and commuters are advised to carpool, take alternative routes or switch to transit to get to work.
The lane closures will extend beyond construction zones to help with traffic flow, the city says, and commuters are advised to carpool, take alternative routes or switch to transit to get to work.

But when it comes to commuting in Toronto, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. Construction interrupted for the Games resumes Wednesday to replace the deteriorating deck of the elevated portion of the Gardiner, between Bathurst and Strachan. Traffic will be reduced to just two lanes in each direction until the project is completed at the end of October.

Traffic between Bathurst St. and Strachan Ave. will be reduced to two (2) lanes, east & west, until the end of October, 2015.
Traffic between Bathurst St. and Strachan Ave. will be reduced to two (2) lanes, east & west, until the end of October, 2015.

The lane closures will extend beyond construction zones to help with traffic flow, the city says, and commuters are advised to carpool, take alternative routes or switch to transit to get to work.

Temporary Pan Am/Parapan Am Games HOV lane on the Gardiner Expressway.
Temporary Pan Am/Parapan Am Games HOV lane on the Gardiner Expressway. This lane will disappear after Tuesday, as Parapan Am Games athletes, their families and dignitaries use the HOV lane to get home.

 

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