Welcome to the easygoing dog days of summer traffic


Good morning, commuters!

Well, my rain-filled vacation is over. It was awesome nonetheless and in just three weeks I get to go away again.

Meantime, here we are — the dog days of summer traffic. It’s pretty easygoing. Next week will be even better when what’s known as a “construction holiday” begins for two weeks. During that time, roughly one-quarter of Quebecers are off.

Starting today, until the end of October, there will be delays crossing over the 416 on both Barnsdale and Bankfield roads. There will be just one lane each direction due to construction.

Otherwise, that’s about it.

I still have a backlog of your traffic and commuter gripes to share. Michael, for example, writes about the age-old issue of lane selection based on speed:

“There is a general reluctance by most people to use the rightmost lane as the slow lane. The slow lane ends up being the middle lane, with the rightmost and leftmost lanes becoming passing lanes.

“I believe our highways are often poorly designed in that there are many forced exits for the rightmost lane, therefore it’s understandable why people try to avoid that lane. Still, driving at 80 km/h in the middle lane on the 417 in good weather is unacceptable. Perhaps it’s also unacceptable in any lane of the 417 but that road does not have minimum speed limits, so it’s at least legal.

“One eventually resigns to the fact that the middle lane is the real slow lane, that people will drive 80 in a 100 zone, you’ll pass (and be passed) on the right and have to make sudden, unexplainable hard brake applications.

“I can’t help but imagine how much better traffic would flow if people were using proper lane discipline, not to mention that driving on 400-series highways would present the driver with a lower workload and a more pleasing experience.”

Have a great day!

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If there’s part of your commute that gets on your nerve, or something you’d like to get off your chest — tell me about it via​ [email protected].

And remember, you can share what you see on the roads with me on Twitter at @cbcotttraffic. Or give me a ring at 613-288-6900.

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