Don Valley Parkway

The Don Valley Parkway is a municipal expressway in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It connects the Gardiner Expressway in downtown Toronto with Highway 401. The parkway runs through the parklands of the Don River Valley, after which it is named. It was the second expressway to be built by Metropolitan Toronto.

About Don Valley Parkway in brief

Summary Don Valley ParkwayThe Don Valley Parkway is a municipal expressway in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It connects the Gardiner Expressway in downtown Toronto with Highway 401. The parkway runs through the parklands of the Don River Valley, after which it is named. It is six lanes for most of its length but it is eight lanes north of York Mills and four lanes south of Eastern. It has a maximum speed limit of 90 kmh for its entire length of 15. 0 km. As a municipal road, it is patrolled by the Toronto Police Service. It was the second expressway to be built by Metropolitan Toronto. Planning began in 1954, the year of Metro’s formation. The first section opened during 1961 and the entire route was completed by the end of 1966. Some sections carry an average of 100,000 vehicles a day and have bumper-to-bumper traffic conditions during commuting hours. The DVP is also used by regional transit buses which can access designated lanes to pass slow-moving traffic. The expressway was planned to be one of two north–south expressways into downtown Toronto. The other was cancelled due to public opposition, leaving the DVP as the sole north-south expressway into downtown. It runs along the east bank of the channelized Don River, passing beneath Eastern Avenue and veering slightly to the east as it passes below Queen Street East. At its southern end, the parkway begins in a multiple-level interchange with the ground-level Lake Shore Boulevard and the elevated Gardiners Expressway directly above the boulevard.

Less than 500 metres north of the Gardiners, the Canadian National Railway GO Toronto railway viaduct passes over the parkways. The Parkway passes beneath Dundas and Gerrard Streets and rises onto the ‘Donatsdale Park’ plateau, the elevation of which is close to the level of the river. In the section at Flats and Flats, the highway is liable to flood after heavy rains, for example in June 2010, as it cuts into the valley from the floor of Northdale Park. Immediately afterwards, it meets the ‘Half-mile’ railway bridge to the north, which connects it with Danforth Avenue and carries a subway line with Bloor Street. The route leaves the valley, rises to meet Eglinton Avenue, descends into the Valley again and goes through the parks of Milne Hollow to Lawrence Avenue. It ascends to meet York Mills Road and ends at Highway  401. There is no access either from or to the Gardner east of the park highway. The Gardiner–Don Valley ramps provide access to the section of the Parkway west of theparkway. There are no access to either the Gardener Expressway or the Don Valley Expressway east of Parkway. The Parkway continues northward, with the Don river sandwiched between the highway and the Bayview Avenue bridge. It ends at the Bay View Avenue bridge, which carries the subway line and the Prince Edward Viaduct.