Cops Close Parts Of Gardiner, Downtown Over Falling Ice Fears
Monday March 5, 2007
Police have closed parts of the downtown Gardiner Expressway and King St. over fears of falling ice from the CN Tower.
The highway's eastbound lanes were shut between Spadina Ave. and Yonge St. at about 8am, with cars being forced onto the Lake Shore at Spadina. And shortly thereafter the westbound lanes closed in the same spot as well, with cars having to move onto the Lake Shore at Jarvis.
The closure occurred at the height of the Monday morning rush hour, causing significant traffic backups in both directions.
High winds coupled with the sun warming up a sheet of ice on the side of the Tower, which built up after last week's ice storm, are resulting in slippery slabs falling hundreds of feet to the roadway below. At least one piece estimated to be the size of a table top has already fallen onto the busy expressway.
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