Chunk of concrete that fell from the Gardiner Expressway
According to the latest numbers from the city of Toronto, concrete
falling off the Gardiner expressway is often coming from overloaded
construction trucks not the aging highway.
The numbers, gathered for Maintenance and Traffic management found
that out of 86 cases of falling concrete since 2012, only 25 percent
came from the expressway.
Toronto Police confirm that much of the concrete people assume
is falling off the highway, is actually coming from overloaded
construction trucks heading through the downtown core to the Portlands
After several concrete falls were recorded from the Gardiner
Expressway in 2012, the city enhanced its inspection and controlled
These are the number of calls for concrete falling since 2012:
- In 2016, 13 calls were received, 2 were confirmed from the Gardiner.
- In 2015, 20 calls were received, 6 were confirmed from the Gardiner.
- In 2014, 19 calls were received, 4 were confirmed from the Gardiner.
- In 2013, 24 calls were received, 5 were confirmed from the Gardiner.
- In 2012, 9 calls were received, 4 were confirmed from the Gardiner.
Const. Clint Stibbe with Toronto Police traffic services says this is a multi-layer offence.
"The driver is the one transporting, but the reality is the driver
isn't the one who loads that vehicle. It's the construction industry, so
the loaders from the sites that are actually packing these vehicles too
heavily or too high."
Because there are no truck scales along the Gardiner, Stibbe says they rely on random truck stops.
He says it's the drivers who are faced with the penalties.
"A small piece of concrete can make some damage but a large piece of
concrete can kill somebody....our Commercial Motor Vehicle and
Inspection Team are charging drivers for committing those kinds of
Those vehicles are stopped from operating and are off-loaded to a safe weight. They may also face fines.
At this point, the loaders from the construction companies don't face
any penalties, but Stibbe says there is new legislation being worked on
to put more responsibility on the loaders.
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