Motorists using Lake Shore Blvd. under the Gardiner Expressway downtown will be detoured until Tuesday as work crews repair a burst water main and cave-in.
And on the busiest freeway in North America, morning traffic was disrupted for about an hour Monday after a woman miraculously survived a roll-over on Hwy. 401.
“They’ll be working throughout the night,” Toronto Police 52 Division Sgt. Mike Josifovic said of Lake Shore.
The main erupted around 4 a.m. Monday, creating a 3-metre wide pool on the asphalt and undermining the usually busy road’s substructure.
“The soil is sandy and the water took away a lot until the flow was stopped,” Josifovic said.
A cruiser was parked across the eastbound lanes, blocking access to Lower Simcoe St. from Rees St., but the Rees on-ramp to the Gardiner was open for Monday morning rush-hour traffic.
The westbound lanes were closed briefly, but re-opened after the water was pumped off before traffic became heavy.
Josifovic said the city had planned to replace the 80-year-old water pipes “later this summer.”
Lake Shore’s eastbound lanes were closed for a day after a 3-metre split developed in a 30-cm water main east of Lower Simcoe last Nov. 20. City crews had to repair a 50-metre section of the road.
(Michael Peake, Sun)