Kingston Rd. will be a rush hour nightmare for 18 months
One of Toronto’s
worst roads is about to get a facelift, but drivers who use it to get in and
out of the downtown core may yet be sorry.
Pylons went up late last week on Kingston Rd., between Birchmount Rd. and Warden Ave., to funnel four lanes of
traffic into two, in preparation for road rebuilding and water main work.
I’ve had dozens of complaints about craters on Kingston Rd.,
between Birchmount Rd.
and Victoria Park Ave.,
dating back a half-dozen years, from drivers who said the road is intolerably
pockmarked and rough.
It has made the Canadian Automobile Association’s list of
the worst roads in Ontario,
and is long overdue for resurfacing.
The city says the work will be done in two stages, between
Birchmount and Warden at first and then over to Victoria Park, before it wraps
up in November of 2014.
It will reduce traffic capacity by 50 per cent on one of the
busiest rush hour routes into the city for drivers from Scarborough
and Durham Region, which will only add to the stress of the daily commute.
I live along the Scarborough
bluffs and use Kingston Rd.
every day, as does my wife, who works downtown and has already abandoned it as
her regular route to work, saying it was gridlock on Monday and Tuesday
She tried hopping over to upper Gerrard St. via Danforth Rd., which splits off from Kingston, east of
Birchmount, but said it was almost as bad, because so many other drivers
resorted to it.
For people heading into the city from south of Highway 401,
there is almost no other way to do it, other than trying to zig-zag through
neighbourhood streets to avoid Kingston and upper Gerrard.
Everyone who drives on it will be delighted with the end
result, but getting there will surely be a nightmare.
And there’s no way around it. As it is, road resurfacing and
water main work has been coordinated to reduce the impact on traffic and the
But 18 months is a long time to be stuck in traffic.