Gardiner construction means traffic nightmare - for two years

A view of the Gardiner Expressway as one lane was closed in each direction and Lake Shore Blvd. W....

A view of the Gardiner Expressway as one lane was closed in each direction and Lake Shore Blvd. W. on April 28, 2014. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

Kevin Connor, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

TORONTO - If Monday’s commute was any indicate of the traffic woes Torontonians face for the next two years, it’s not looking good.

On the first day of long-term construction projects slated until 2016, there were 13 collisions on the Gardiner Expressway up until 6 p.m. –– nine of which during the 6-8 a.m. morning rush hour.

They may just be a prelude of what is to come over the next couple of construction years that will see lane restrictions on the key artery.

The Gardiner is down to two lanes eastbound and westbound and six of Monday morning’s accidents were fender benders in construction areas.

The other three were personal injury accidents outside of the construction areas, which sent one person to hospital.

“I’d say it is because of the change from the norm to restricted lanes ... this is going to be a challenge (in the future),” Toronto Police Traffic Services Const. Clint Stibbe said.

Most of the accidents occurred during lane changes and drivers didn’t realize their new lane was about to stop.

That creates a bigger problem as it reduces the expressway down to one lane, Stibbe said.

“If the accident is just property damage it can be moved off to the side if it can be done safely,” Stibbe said.


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