Sunday, May 26, 2019

Spring cleanup on the Don Valley Parkway

One of Toronto's main traffic arteries is closed for a quick wash and other assorted maintenance activities, much like how we clean out our garages after the snow melts. The two day closure was turned into one day because of that dreadful rain that we had on Saturday. The full closure from the Gardiner Expressway to Highway 401 is now only 29 hours, ending at 5am on Monday, May 27th.

Necessary pavement resurfacing work will have to be pushed from this occasion to another day, probably when stuff like the Blue Jays games, Doors Open and other such events will push the traffic into the city, slowly, very slowly due to closed highways and work on other arterial roads within Toronto. The average daily travel count on the DVP is an amazing 135,000 vehicles and they are almost always stopped in front of me.

Approximately 135,000 (weekday average) vehicles travel daily on the Don Valley Parkway.

The City says; "A full closure of the Don Valley Parkway, even for just one day, is an important and safe way that City road crews, engineers and other stakeholders, such as Toronto Hydro and Metrolinx, make improvements and keep the roadway in good repair. Traffic signal timing changes will be in effect to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes and mitigate traffic congestion associated with the expressway's closure."

Statistics on work completed during the one-day closure (numbers approximate):
• 5.5 "lane kilometres" of road resurfaced using 2,551 tonnes of asphalt
• 234 square metres of permanent pothole repairs completed using 59.4 tonnes of asphalt
• 1,535 metres of cracks filled
• 379 metres of guiderail repaired
• 153,507 metres of lines painted
• 160 kilometres of roadway swept
• 153.6 tonnes of debris removed
• 21 tonnes of litter collected
• 541 catch basins cleaned and flushed
• 11 culverts flushed
• 244 overhead signs, inspected, maintained or repaired
• Eight crash-cushion systems repaired
• 15 bridges inspected
• 260 street lights re-lamped, 46 street lights repaired, and one tall mastpole repaired
• 94 trees pruned

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