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When phantom construction closes lanes in both directions on a busy rush-hour route, it’s like pouring gas on the fires of driver frustration.
Anybody who has to commute in this city will tell you that traffic is not getting better, despite feeble measures to reduce gridlock and get things moving.
One of the big reasons is construction. It seems like lanes have been cut off around every other corner to make room for some job or other, often to build condos in which few members of the motoring public have a vested interest.
But a lot of it involves burying or digging up pipes and wires that are part of the infrastructure that provides basic services we all rely on. There are no shortcuts, in the work that must be done or the inconvenience caused by it.
So it was no surprise to get a note from Gary Peake, saying that Kingston Rd. has for months been a slow go during rush hours, in the area of St. Clair Ave., due to lane restrictions for construction.
He noted that the curb lane of westbound Kingston Rd. is closed between McCowan Rd. and St. Clair, while the eastbound lane is closed from Eastville Ave. to St. Clair.
“They have been closed from late April/early May when fire hydrant upgrades were done, which have been completed now,” said Peake, who lives in the area.
“The last time anyone has worked on this site was three weeks ago and it appears asphalt patch repairs are the only thing left to do to reopen these lanes.
“Why was this not a priority to finish and fully open Kingston Rd. since it is a significant route for rush hour traffic, and now for the past 8-plus weeks side streets have been used to get around the congestion?”
STATUS: We sent a note to Edison Alexander, who’s in charge of road operations in that area, to ask what’s going on. “Toronto Water was doing water main cleaning and repairing and they are in the process of making repairs to the road,” Alexander said, adding, “I was informed that the repairs will be completed by the end of (this) week, weather permitting.”
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