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Gardiner expressway economic report heads to city hall

05/06/2015 07:43 EDT | Updated 05/06/2016 05:59 EDT
Councillors will receive an economic report on the Gardiner Expressway's future on Wednesday that recommends a full tear-down of the eastern section of the roadway as the cheapest option.

The report was leaked to the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun on Tuesday ahead of its release.

The city is trying to decide what to do with 1.7 kilometres of the Gardiner that runs from Jarvis Street to the Don Valley Parkway. In April, city planners presented three options for the crumbling expressway:

- Remove and replace the Gardiner with an eight-lane street-level boulevard. This is the cheapest option according to the report but would slow down drivers.

- Maintain the Gardiner as is. This would cause the least amount of disruption but is the most expensive option considering the highway is near the end of its expected life span and the city already spends millions each year maintaining it.

- A third "hybrid" option that would create a new connection to the Don Valley Parkway. Mayor John Tory campaigned on building this type of roadway, but according to the new economic report it won't be the cheapest way to go.

For more on the options of the Gardiner Expressway, check out CBC Toronto's backgrounder here.

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