Today we saw an example of how our one-way street network is only efficient for specific usage patterns (through traffic on days with no lane closures).
This morning, a transport truck hit a light pole at Hunter and John. The collision and subsequent pole repair job resulted in complete closure of both Hunter and John. As of the time of this writing, the intersection remains closed.
Damaged pole at John and Hunter
Drivers were forced to find alternate routes. As the following photos show, only half of our grid was available to cars, since half of the streets go against rush hour flow.
Young is backed up westbound
Forest remains completely empty, unable to be used by westbound drivers
Walnut is backed up northbound
Catharine is completely empty, since it's one-way in the wrong direction
John and James were both backed up northbound, with empty southbound lanes. Luckily, both are two-way. Try to visualize the alternative routing if we still had northbound John and southbound James. Without northbound lanes on James, traffic would need to reroute to Bay, Walnut or Victoria!
We've combined a path-restrictive one-way grid with a carte-blanche approach to through truck traffic, and this is the result. It is not an efficient network.
If we had a proper two-way grid, there would be twice as many route options. If we created a system which moved through trucks out of the core and onto the ring highways, we'd have a lower risk of transport truck-scaled collisions.
First published on Downtown Bike Hounds
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