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The Fixer: Pedestrians can see the light, now that it’s been moved

There’s no more guesswork about walking through a busy downtown intersection, after a pedestrian crossing signal was moved to a better location.

Our Jan. 14 column was about a pedestrian crossing signal on the southeast corner of King and Sherbourne Sts. that was hidden behind recently erected construction hoarding.

People standing on the southwest corner waiting to walk east couldn’t see the light, while it was obscured from drivers who use countdown signals to time their approach to the intersection.

Steve Johnston, who deals with media for transportation services, emailed two days later to say the crossing signal, which is mounted to a utility pole, was raised above the hoarding.

On Jan. 12 we reported on old railway tracks that cross the intersection of Market and Wilton Sts., near St. Lawrence Market, which looked like they’d been buried under the road but slowly resurfaced as the pavement aged.

A reader complained that the tracks were a tripping hazard, particularly at night, because street lights at the intersection had been taken down for construction.

After our column, two readers told us the tracks were never entirely buried, but are a lot higher now than they used to be.

Ray Koyata, an area roads superintendent, emailed to say a crew would remove “the existing asphalt along the tracks, and (they) will re-asphalt and re-grade, eliminating the trip hazard until permanent restoration can be performed.”

Our Jan. 7 column was about a broken iron grate on top of a storm drain on Nettlecreek Cr. that left a tire-sized hole next to the curb, covered by plywood and surrounded by pylons.

It’s not unreasonable as a temporary fix, but the reader who told us about it said it had been that way for at least six months.

Rob Gillis, an area manager for Toronto Water, confirmed that a complaint was logged about six months ago, adding it would be fixed ASAP.

We checked last week and found a new grate on the catch basin.

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