Toronto’s mayor acknowledged that a westbound lane of a busy stretch of the Port Lands – Canada’s second-largest island in the middle of Lake Ontario – has been closed for months. Drivers, however, have no idea why.
The lane is at the entrance to a newly opened section of the Port Lands being redeveloped into a housing and retail development – an area Toronto Mayor John Tory is hoping will help revitalize an otherwise blighted downtown. There were initially three lanes at the entrance – one for vehicles, one for pedestrians and one for cyclists – before the new development eliminated the latter two. There is still another driveway into the development.
Transport Canada has been told of the lane closure, though only to informally – which is unusual because it is the government department responsible for maintaining roadways, according to CBC News.
A message left for Transport Canada seeking an explanation by The Washington Post has not been returned.
The Port Lands are the former naval base where ferries used to leave from to explore the island as well as where one of Toronto’s ice-powered rush-hour traffic-clogging subway lines now sits. “There were some about a million people a year coming here to sail the ferries,” Tory told CBC. “Now it’s not there.”