04/02/2013 05:50 EDT | Updated 06/02/2013 05:12 EDT

Toronto opts to hold off on repairs to eastern end of Gardiner Expressway

TORONTO - Toronto is holding off on major repairs to the eastern end of the Gardiner Expressway, which city staff have said may remain safe for only six more years.

The work is being put off for at least a year as the city waits for the results from Waterfront Toronto's environmental assessment.

Instead, interim repairs for key areas will continue along the east end of the nearly 60-year-old highway.

Gwen McIntosh of Waterfront Toronto says that the options for the highway include doing nothing, replacing parts of the Gardiner, or removing it altogether.

The repair bill for the elevated expressway through downtown Toronto is estimated at $495 million over the next decade.