The Lake Shore Boulevard East: Don River Bridge and Public Realm (LSBE) Project combines some elements of the Port Lands Flood Protection (PLFP) with some elements of the City of Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration (Gardiner East) projects.
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The PLFP and Gardiner East projects will both help make the eastern waterfront more livable and have both received approval from Toronto City Council. Construction on PLFP is well underway in the area south of Lake Shore Boulevard between Cherry Street and Don Roadway. More details on that project here. Both the PLFP and Gardiner East projects require changes to the Lake Shore Bridge over the Don River. Lengthening the Lake Shore Bridge is a critical element of PLFP’s design for flood protection. The Gardiner East design requires that the Lake Shore Bridge be widened to accommodate the expected increase in traffic resulting from the planned removal of the overhead Gardiner/Logan ramps. The wider bridge will also make space for new cycling and pedestrian paths and more landscaping, including a linear park.
Delivered separately, the overlapping scope and timing of these two projects would make the overall reconstruction of the Lake Shore Bridge costlier, riskier and more complex. To coordinate resources, reduce costs and risks as well as speed up the completion of new public spaces and cycling connections, the City and Waterfront Toronto agreed to incorporate some elements of the approved Gardiner East project into the PLFP project. This means construction on the Lake Shore Bridge and removal of the Gardiner/Logan ramps will start in September 2021, several years earlier than originally planned. See the Construction Schedule.
The LSBE project combines elements of the Gardiner East project with the PLFP project. This includes changes to the Lake Shore Bridge, Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard.
- Extend the Lake Shore Bridge and adjacent Rail Bridge by two spans
- Relocate utilities from the existing Rail Bridge
- Replace two existing spans of Lake Shore Bridge and rehabilitate the existing pier and abutments
- Remove the elevated structure of the Gardiner Expressway from Bent #330 (east of Cherry Street) to the eastern end of the Gardiner Expressway
- Realign Lake Shore Boulevard from Don Roadway to Carlaw Avenue
- New pedestrian and cycling facilities and landscaping on the Lake Shore Bridge and Lake Shore Boulevard from Don Roadway to Carlaw Avenue
- Shift the existing rail tracks east of Don Roadway to the center median of Lake Shore Boulevard and connect them to the existing tracks at Carlaw Avenue
Watch an overview of the project here:
Watch an overview of the design here:
We have held three public meetings on this project. You can find the materials, including recordings of the presentations, for all three meetings here.
We’re rebuilding Lake Shore Boulevard from the Lake Shore Bridge at Don Roadway to Carlaw Ave. The new street includes landscaped buffers separating new bike and walking paths.
Above: A cross section showing the future configuration of Lake Shore Boulevard East. This is a representative cross section. See more on the new design here.
The Gardiner on/off ramps to Logan Avenue are now removed.
Work will start on the Lake Shore Bridge over the Don River and Lake Shore Boulevard East to Carlaw in December 2021. Construction is scheduled to be complete in 2024.
For more details about what to expect during construction, visit our construction page.
Road Closures, Detours
- On weekdays starting September 1, and every day starting in November: click here
- Cycling Detours: The cycling/pedestrian bridge over the Don River and the multi-use trail along Lake Shore Boulevard between Don Roadway and Carlaw will stay open until December 6, 2021. We will post updated cycling detours closer to that closure.
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See some of the photographs of the Gardiner ramp removal.
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