LISTEN: Toronto councillor takes action after NEWSTALK 1010 uncovers unauthorized road closure

NEWSTALK 1010 is getting action at Toronto city hall after we uncovered an illegal road closure yesterday.

City councillor Mike Layton told Moore in the Morning he's asked his staff to figure out which developer decided to close Yonge and Bloor on Tuesday without permission.

 

There is a meeting of the local community council today, which is in charge of authorizing lane closures.

Layton says, "I'd like to know who was responsible and I'm going to ask to see if we can talk about the conditions of their lane closures."

Yonge and Bloor is one of the busiest intersections in the city, with around 90,000 vehicles passing through on any given day.

NEWSTALK 1010 started asking questions after Tuesday's surprise shut down. A city spokesperson confirmed that it was an unauthorized closure by a third party contractor.

The intersection was fully closed for about an hour and a half on Tuesday morning, before vehicles were allowed through.

This isn't the first time this has happened. It was back at the end of February, when a condo developer closed the entire stretch of Adelaide at Bathurst, on the Tuesday after Family Day, for the entire morning commute.

When NEWSTALK 1010 looked into that closure, it was also deemed to be unauthorized. But because the developer immediately took action to reopen the road, after a visit from an enforcement officer, no fines of penalties were levied.

As far as a penalty in this case, it wouldn't be severe.

"A typical Notice of Violation fine is $600.  A more punitive charge would be a Part 3 ticket which, depending on the court decision, can run between $200 to $5,000. There may also be additional costs assumed by the offending company/contractor," says a city spokesperson.

 

With files from Dave Bradley, Russ Courtney and Tiffany Hendsbee