After observing the work being done on the lane access at First Avenue and Victoria Street for many months, and after having experienced the ensuing traffic issues as a result, I can’t believe the amount of chaos it has created at the end of the work day. There are many problems now.
When you reach the stop sign at First after going west on Victoria, you have one way to turn, right — if you are able to. Because motorists no longer have a way to turn left, they make u-turns in the middle of the street, often.
As a result of the median and the left turn lane from First onto Victoria, and the crosswalk from city hall, people who are turning right from Victoria can’t get into the line of traffic on First.
There is nowhere for them to go or line up, so they sit at the corner with their signal on, hoping a motorist will allow them to zipper merge.
A lineup forms down Victoria Street. Those people try to push in. Drivers in the First Avenue lineup try to stop them from getting in.
Everyone just wants to get home.
The next issue is trying to get in or out of the back laneway at First and Victoria.
At the end of the work day, traffic is generally backed up coming down First to Lansdowne Street, so the laneway is blocked. It can also block the parkade or parking lot exits so people can’t even get into the laneway.
The light at First and Lansdowne is so short that cars are at times lined up almost to Seymour Street.
Pedestrians are crossing in between the cars lined up on First Avenue and crossing at First and Victoria in front of waiting cars. This stops traffic from going through when the light is green for a very brief period of time.
It’s very frustrating and it’s apparent by how people are racing to make the light from any direction.
Perhaps making the green light longer would give motorists time to dissipate and installing a left hand turn from Victoria to First would alleviate the problems.
Maybe a crosswalk signal from city hall to the Cornerstone building would help, as well. I hope something will be done to resolve these problems.