RSS Feed

Readers reject reasons for Davenport Rd. lane closure: Fixer

It seems we touched a nerve when we revealed why a lane closure on downtown Davenport Rd. will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Our Dec. 7 column was about a long-barricaded lane on eastbound Davenport, east of Avenue Rd., which is still in place, even though work on the condo project that caused it to be closed is all but finished.

On Tuesday we reported on why the city says it’ll remain closed, including streetscaping that requires sign-offs from other city divisions before permits to start the job can be issued.

We were told that “developers usually try to time this work to minimize any down time, but on occasion there are gaps between work,” and noted in our column a lack of urgency about reopening the lane.

For drivers fed up with traffic delays caused by the sheer number of building projects that require lane closures, the casual, when-we-get-to-it answer was like waving a red flag at a bull.

Ray Panavas took us to task in an email for not challenging the explanation, saying, “Why do you accept this nonsense without comment?

“Why, at this late date, are plans being reviewed by city divisions? When they sign off, how long before the permits are issued? Weeks and perhaps even months because, really, after two years, what’s the hurry?”

Doug Lash emailed to say “This is one of the worst examples of developers and the city not caring about delays. At this location there has been a lane closure for years. It is totally unacceptable. And they all know it.”

Terry Kushnier said that Mayor John Tory “is talking out of both sides of his mouth on wanting to instill a sense of urgency to complete construction projects? that reduce usable street space.

“The constant cutting of department budgets by our ?mayor and his predecessor has left no staff to keep an eye on anything but the ‘big picture’.”

Marcia Zalev raised a good point: “Not sure why the application for streetscaping is being done now. Maybe it would have been more efficient to do it at the same time as the original plans were submitted? Is this rocket science?”

There’s a growing impatience over development that spills into public space, and palpable frustration about a city approach that seems far too casual.

Any politician who’s prepared to take on developers by curbing the time that projects are allowed to squat in traffic lanes is a shoo-in for re-election.

Over to you, Mr. Mayor.

What’s broken in your neighbourhood? Wherever you are in Greater Toronto, we want to know. Send an email to . Report problems and follow us on Twitter @TOStarFixer.