The city has rules about maintaining the cuts until permanent patching is done, which utility contractors are supposed to follow, but its ability to enforce them is laughable, due to a lack of inspectors.
With traffic next to us in the inner lane, we couldn’t swerve around it and had to stand on the brakes to slow down before we crossed it with a jarring thud.
The contractor could have filled it with cement to the level of the surrounding pavement, or even topped it up with asphalt, which is required by the city and keeps drivers from having to swerve around it.
We watched as cyclists coming off the Gerrard St. bridge had to swing out into the inner lane to go around it, where they were mingled uneasily with fast moving traffic.
STATUS: We reported it to transportation services, which had it checked out and sent us an email that said: “The depth of the repair at its deepest point . . . is a little less than 80 mm, so it is within the accepted minimum maintenance for municipal highways as per the Toronto Act 2006. However this could create a major problem for bikes,” said the email, adding pylons have been placed at the west end of the cut to alert cyclists and drivers. It may fall within accepted minimum standards, but there aren’t many drivers who’d agree.
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