Toronto roadblock at busy residential street

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many drivers told Bicycling New Zealand they don’t know what’s causing the roadblock Some vehicles in Toronto, Canada, are stuck in traffic for up to eight hours a…

Toronto roadblock at busy residential street

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many drivers told Bicycling New Zealand they don’t know what’s causing the roadblock

Some vehicles in Toronto, Canada, are stuck in traffic for up to eight hours a day because of a mysterious obstruction.

Drivers reported in a Toronto radio station that the line of stop-sign donutting steel posts appeared sometime in February.

The problem appears to be caused by the closing of a road at rush hour, according to the Associated Press.

The claim that the lane is for a dangerous construction site is not confirmed.

It is understood that the street, most likely the Alderney Avenue, is blocked by Canada Post signs because it is undergoing repairs.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The posts are in a busy neighbourhood known for rapid traffic

According to Bicycling New Zealand, a seven-month investigation of the closure revealed that some drivers refused to see the contractor’s markings when asked.

“Some said he was just getting the hell out of the way for the busier eastbound lane, others said he was just being a pain in the a** to get their work done, and some disagreed completely,” the site said.

@Tourette44 is one of those people taking the brunt of the logjam.

A reader had this to say about the lane closure for an undetermined reason:

“Apparently they shut it down some time ago and people are getting trapped in the clog. I’ve heard the rumour that it’s over a postal building, but I don’t see it, so I’m not sure. At least the roadwork has started or is starting again.”

Another reader put it this way:

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many car drivers were reporting being stuck in traffic for up to eight hours a day

“Never seen an issue like this on this road before. Makes me glad my worker time is coming up, and that the manials shouldn’t have been there in the first place.”

This in turn leads to this discussion:

@mfbruz Email Alderney Ave from Bixby Hall. Like I told you, in April/May. Next week. Then May/June. Then July/August. Sometime in September. No idea when that was. What’s going on? I am all loopy, literally. — Bree Ayele (@beeeylee_ayele) October 26, 2018

There are a number of theories about what is causing the logjam, some popular ones have been published online.

One tweeted article suggests the construction is at St James Toronto mental health centre for children.

Another said the building may have been damaged in the latest earthquake.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption On the street was the strangest angle in road geometry

The only thing that seems certain is that no-one knows what the problem is and the complicated traffic signal gridlock can get a little frustrating.

“Anyone have any idea what that thing is? It must be very painful.”

“I was stuck in that for over three hours. Thank you for anything you can do for us.”

“Couple of hours stuck there now. You never know when that pin might move, that can totally backfire.”

“You guys explain it? Things are sure getting out of hand.”

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