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Dufferin Street jog is fixed: finally, the bus ride to the Ex is not scarier than the rides at the Ex

Dufferin Street jog is fixed: finally, the bus ride to the Ex is not scarier than the rides at the Ex
The finished product of the Dufferin Jog correction looks remarkably like this artist’s conception

Two things happened under a rail bridge in Parkdale yesterday: Dufferin Street was straightened out after a century, and mayor David Miller got an end-of-term (and desperately needed) boost to his credibility. Construction is now complete on the three-year project to eliminate the Dufferin Street jog, which heretofore forced drivers to use Gladstone, Peel and Queen West in order to go north or south.

Some are happy. Councillor Gord Perks, perhaps forgetting he was speaking to media, told the Star, “I’m tickled pink.” Others, like the National Post, are harder to please. It’s already looking ahead to other jogs that should be fixed—namely, the one at Gerrard and Pape.

We’re not going to hold our breath for other awkward road problems to be fixed, seeing as how this one cost about $40 million (although it came in right on budget). If we’re to believe Rob Ford, that’s about 8,000 fewer “free” lunches at city hall.

‘Dufferin Street Jog’ now a fast, straight run [Toronto Star]Dufferin to jog no more [National Post]

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