Toronto has Nasty Gridlock. Get Used to It.
TORONTO — From now until sometime in 2016, add as much as an hour to any trip you have scheduled to and from downtown Toronto.
They’re fixing the Gardiner Expressway.
The subsequent lane closures and delays will mean the city traffic jams—already at Los Angeles levels—are going to get much worse as the summer tourist and festival seasons approach.
“It’s a daily battle,” reports Elias Demangos of Fortigo Freight, “Every load we make, traffic is factored in.”
Jared Martin of Speedy Transport agrees and says his trucks are dispatched later than usual to beat “some of the congestion."
“Most downtown companies open after 9:00 a.m. If we leave too early, we sit either way. We’re working through it.”
That the Gardiner needs repairs is a given. Crews will be repairing three bridges along the west part of the expressway and replacing part of the median as well. Also, workers will be replacing the deck of the road in both from Strachan Ave. to Bathurst St., so three lanes in each direction will be reduced to two lanes.
Of course the Gardiner gridlock will drive road users to alternate routes which will logically become jammed themselves.
The work will stop between July 19 and July 25, 2015 during the PanAm games.