Breaking Down the Gardiner
The saga of the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway (affectionately known as “the Gardiner”) has been around almost as long as the City of Toronto as we know it today. After the formation of Metro Toronto in 1953, the Gardiner was one of the very first projects proposed and executed by the newly formed government; but almost since day one, congestion, delays, and repair work has plagued the Gardiner and eared it the nickname “the mistake by the lake” [i].
Today, orange cones and heavy machinery have become as much a part of the Gardiner as its crumbling concrete. It’s no wonder that ‘what to do with the Gardiner’ has become a hot topic. Talk of boulevards, hybrids and tear-downs has been going on for some time, but what does it all mean and where are we now?
[i]“A Brief History of the Gardiner Expressway”, Cole Engineering. 2016. Retrieved on February 27, 2016 from http://www.coleengineering.ca/blog/2015/09/a-brief-history-of-the-gardiner-expressway