HOV lane

Cole Burston,Toronto Star
Work resumes Wednesday to replace the deck of the elevated part of the expressway between Bathurst and Strachan, reducing traffic to two lanes each way.

The good news for solo drivers: special HOV lanes created for the Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games are being taken out Tuesday. The bad news: On Wednesday, construction on the Gardiner Expressway resumes. So there goes that extra lane.

High-occupancy vehicle lanes on sections of the 401, Don Valley Parkway, QEW, Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Blvd. have been restricted to vehicles with Games permits, taxis, buses and cars with at least three people (or two, during the Parapan Games).

While the hoopla is over now, the lanes will remain restricted until Tuesday to allow athletes, their families and dignitaries to get home.

But when it comes to commuting in Toronto, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. Construction interrupted for the Games resumes Wednesday to replace the deteriorating deck of the elevated portion of the Gardiner, between Bathurst and Strachan. Traffic will be reduced to just two lanes in each direction until the project is completed at the end of October.

The lane closures will extend beyond construction zones to help with traffic flow, the city says, and commuters are advised to carpool, take alternative routes or switch to transit to get to work.

Source: The Hamilton Spectator