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Bushes get the chop so drivers can see oncoming traffic: The Fixer


It’s a lot easier to see vehicles crossing the one-lane bridge on Sewells Rd., now that the bushes around it have been trimmed.

On Aug. 28 we reported on visibility problems for drivers approaching the tiny bridge, particularly from the south side, caused by tall bushes and weeds on a bend in the road.

There’s room for only one vehicle at a time on the bridge, but a reader told us the bushes prevented him from seeing cars on it until he was almost on top of them.

Bob Taylor, the area manager of right-of-way management, sent us an email soon after our column to say that both sides of the bridge had been cleared of overgrowth.

Our Oct. 19 column detailed how an awning attached to one of the Bay St. bus terminal buildings had become a pigeon roost, allowing them to coat the walkway beneath with their droppings.

A reader told us he parked in a small Green P lot along the south side of the building, on Elizabeth St., where he and his wife ended up with pigeon poop on their shoes that was tracked into their car.

Stuart Green, who deals with media for the TTC, which owns the building but leases it to intercity bus lines, sent us a note saying the walkway has been power-washed and the awning sealed to prevent birds from roosting.

On Oct. 12 our column was about a king-sized mattress that ended up in the middle of the hydro corridor near Bishop and Willowdale Aves, suggesting someone went to a lot more trouble than just dumping it on the street.

Roy Martin, who told us about it, said he’d been complaining for weeks to 311, and at one point was told that the issue was “closed,” but the mattress remained.

We figured he was barking up the wrong tree, since Hydro One is responsible for the hydro corridor, so we sent it a note and got a quick reply saying it would be taken care of.

Martin emailed to say that he watched city workers picking up the mattress at 9:30 in the morning, just a couple hours after he saw our column.

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