Comment 112257

By John Neary (registered) | Posted June 15, 2015 at 15:04:44 in reply to Comment 112254

Chris, I think Pxtl has it exactly right here. Paradise is one way (rightly or wrongly) because it forms part of the high-flow westbound route from the King St bridge to Main St. The eastbound route is just Main St. There's no congestion on Longwood heading north past Main St, because the eastbound traffic doesn't need to head north back to King; it just keeps going east on Main.

It's the same kind of logic that keeps Bay St. North one way because it's the "twin" of Queen. In real life, Queen carries a huge amount of essentially westbound automobile traffic from Cannon to King, because for all intents and purposes the arterial westbound route across downtown to the 403 is Cannon-Queen-King. I don't like that, but that's the current design. Bay Street North, by contrast, doesn't have the same role as a traffic sewer, and could easily be reverted to two-way traffic without a great inconvenience to northbound motorists (besides which, such a reversion would add needed redundancy to the westbound traffic network, e.g. Wilson-Bay-King). But Bay is kept as a one-way street because it's identified as Queen's "twin", ignoring that it serves a totally different role from Queen.

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