TORONTO – GO Transit and Via Rail service will be impacted this weekend as road crews tear down the Dufferin Street bridge in Toronto. The north span of the the bridge over the railway corridor will be torn down. The newer portion of the bridge over the Gardiner Expressway will not be torn down.
The City of Toronto said crews will work on the demolition from 2 a.m. Saturday to Monday morning.
GO Transit said its trains or buses won’t be running on the Lakeshore West line on Saturday and Sunday due to the demolition. However, riders can take the nearby Milton line.
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GO spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins told 680News officials are trying to lessen the impact on people.
“The Milton line runs almost parallel. Most stations are about a 10-minute drive from the Lakeshore West line. Normally, it doesn’t have trains on the weekend, and we’re going to offer a special train service on that line,” Aikins said.
GO will be increasing service on the Hamilton/Toronto express bus route.
Via Rail said some of its train service will also be impacted over the weekend. The affected train numbers are: 72,73,75,80,81,76 and 79. Stops at Oakville will be suspended, but service will be provided at Aldershot.
Via also said trains 97-98, 71 and 78 will be replaced by bus service between Oakville and Toronto.
GO and Via trains run under the bridge.
Also, the bridge will be off-limits to pedestrians and motorists from noon Friday to Saturday, Dec. 7. Pedestrians can cross via the GO station tunnel at Atlantic Avenue, while drivers can enter Exhibition Place via Lake Shore Boulevard or Strachan Avenue.
The GO and Via disruption takes place during a busy weekend in the city with several events taking place, including the Cavalcade of Lights on Saturday and the Christmas Market in the Distillery District. On Sunday, the Toronto Raptors play at the Air Canada Centre, while the Buffalo Bills take on the Atlanta Falcons at the Rogers Centre.
Gardiner closure Sunday morning
The eastbound lanes of the Gardiner Expressway are scheduled to close between Wickman Road and Royal York Road on Sunday, December 1 from 12:01 a.m. to 9 a.m. for a sign replacement project.
There will be no access on or off the eastbound Gardiner Expressway at any location between Wickman Road and Royal York Road, including the eastbound exit to Park Lawn Road.
Drivers can get onto the eastbound Gardiner Expressway via Lake Shore Boulevard east of Park Lawn Road.