The City of Toronto will spend $2 million more to speed up construction work on the Gardiner Expressway from Exhibition Place to Grand Magazine Street.
Mayor John Tory said that Gardiner construction will be completed up to two months ahead of schedule. The city negotiated an accelerated work schedule with the contractor.
The expressway is expected to re-open in May 2015, several weeks sooner than was originally planned for this phase of the work.
In a statement, the City of Toronto said it evaluated the cost and benefits of implementing acceleration costs within the contract budget in order to complete this work early. Currently, the city estimates the cost of construction on the Gardiner Expressway is about $1 million per day for commuters as a result of increased travel time from lane closures related to construction.
Work to rehabilitate the deck is expected to be completed by December 2016.