There seems to be no rush to clear obstructions that force two lanes of traffic into one at a busy intersection.
In August I reported on jersey barriers that for more than a year closed the curb lane of Queen Street, just east of the intersection at Logan Avenue, to make space for condominium construction.
The barriers remained in place for months after construction was done, but were removed after my column. Two temporary utility poles planted in the pavement inside the barriers remained in place even after the barriers were removed, funneling all eastbound traffic into the inner lane.
Phil Nazar, who first told us about the problem, emailed a couple weeks ago to say that “some time after your column (a month or so!) the poles were removed. Good on them.
“Then it took them about a week to open up the lane. Bad on them. Now what is left is this asphalt ramp that extends about two feet out into the street, a hazard for cyclists and cars.
“The wheels of construction (as justice) move slowly. It has now been about six months after construction finished to have the lanes clear. Why?”
When I went there Friday, not only was the temporary asphalt ramp still in place, but a large, rectangular utility cut with a pylon in it blocked the road. Drivers and cyclists had no choice but to squeeze into the inner lane, where extra-long streetcars jockey for space with regular vehicles.
It’s as if somebody is trying to find new ways to mess with traffic at Queen and Logan. That sounds crazy, but they’re doing an outstanding job of adding to traffic woes when it doesn’t have to be that way.
STATUS: Eric Holmes, a spokesperson for transportation services, sent me a note saying “staff are reaching out to the appropriate utility company to ensure this utility cut is repaired to city standards.” He didn’t mention the asphalt ramp, but for now, I’ll assume they’ll get rid of it.
UPDATE: Earlier this week I reported on dozens of pylons littering the east side of Barrington Avenue, several months after curb and sidewalk work was completed. Holmes also responded to that one, saying the job is “ongoing, including paving work, so the pylons are still required, The work in this area had been placed on hold and recently restarted. It is now scheduled to be completed by mid-November. Staff have asked the contractor to ensure the pylons do not block the sidewalk going forward.”
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