Toronto’s weirdest bus knuckle has been sent packing by city workers, after it jumped a curb on Kingston Rd.
On Aug. 20 we reported on the strangest bus knuckle we’ve ever seen — a huge blob of asphalt that piled up next to the curb and extended over it, on the north side of Kingston Rd., just east of Brookside Dr.
A bus knuckle is a raised ridge of pavement in the centre of the curb lane at TTC stops, caused by buses constantly stopping in the same place. But this one was an odd twist on the typical knuckle.
We said it looked like a “festering, pus-filled boil, badly in need of lancing,” prompting a note from an appreciative newspaper editor in Winnipeg who gave our description a thumbs-up.
Two days after our column, transportation services spokesperson Hakeem Muhammad emailed to say it was gone. We returned Saturday and found a large patch of new asphalt where the knuckle had been.
Our Aug. 17 column was about a guard rail that abandoned its posts on Winona Dr., just south of where it intersects with Eglinton Ave. The rail extended south from Eglinton between the curb and sidewalk, to protect pedestrians.
But it was smashed in a traffic accident months ago, which pushed the rail off its posts and partway across the sidewalk. We also found another busted guard rail just a few metres away, on Eglinton.
We got a note last Tuesday from Muhammad, saying the rail on Eglinton had been repaired, while the one on Winona was taken away and will be replaced soon.
On June 29 we reported on a sunken utility-chamber cover that rattled the teeth of unlucky drivers who hit it, in the right-turn lane from westbound Kingston Rd. onto St. Clair Ave.
The city told us the chamber belongs to Bell Canada, and that it was theirs to fix, which sounded like it was dodging responsibility for prodding the utility to make the necessary repairs.
But somebody at Bell got the message. We went back about a month later and saw that the area around the cover had been filled with asphalt, levelling it with the surrounding pavement. It eliminates the bump for now, until the fill starts to erode in winter.
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