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“Left turn” lane on Harbord St. is not what it appears

Toronto News

There is more than meets the eye to some things, like the “left turnlane from Harbord St. onto Manning Ave.

Drivers always appreciate left-turn lanes that allow traffic to wait until it a turn is safe, without slowing down vehicles headed straight through an intersection.

There are places where the inner lane may appear to be for left turns, but in fact serves another purpose, for instance at the intersection of Harbord and Manning.

Larry Koch used SeeClickFix to tell us about the lane there that seems to be a mistake.

Eastbound traffic on Harbord is not permitted to make a left turn northbound onto Manning (which is one way southbound), but there is still a left-turn box marked on the street.”

It looks as if the area between the two solid yellow lines could be a turning lane, but there’s no turn arrow on the pavement. And it’s hard not to notice the arrow signs that indicate Manning is one way southbound, as well as the no-left-turn signs.

But the stupidity of some drivers should not be underestimated. It’s possible somebody could swing into the lane before spotting the one-way arrows, then try to wiggle back into the through traffic.

STATUS: “That is not a left turn lane,” said Danny Budimirovic, a city traffic operations manager. It was created to push drivers into the right hand lane, so they don’t go straight through the intersection and head-on into traffic in a left turn lane, waiting to go south on Manning, he said. “The one-way arrows and ‘do not enter’ signs reinforce that left turns cannot be made in this direction.” We asked: Wouldn’t it be better to paint diagonal lines on the pavement, as another measure to warn drivers away? “Our department has slowly gotten away from installing too many cross-hatching (zebra) lines, due to installation and maintenance costs, and the fact that in many cases, they were just too redundant,” he said. Okay, but this location looks like it should be the exception to the rule.

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