“Can’t get there from here.”
That’s the message I expect to see on regional road signs soon as the LRT construction project digs its way under and through Ward 9.
Take a recent example of demented driving where I was late for (what else) an LRT problem-solving meeting involving businesses at the Ottawa-Charles intersection. I felt badly about being delayed until the regional rapid-transit official arrived late after being snared in traffic backups caused by LRT work.
I started my journey at Union Street and my first mistake was trying to get down Park Street where traffic was barely moving near Grand River Hospital.
Clear of that tangle, I came close to taking my usual easterly route along Charles Street but remembered it was closed. I was congratulating myself for opting to go through Victoria Park to Courtland when I realized that hundreds of other drivers were doing the same thing, resulting in a jam at David Street.
Proceeding along Courtland, I made the mistake of trying to turn left on Stirling to avoid construction on Courtland and get to Charles. Stirling was closed as was Borden Avenue. I eventually turned left on Kent only to discover that Charles was reduced to one lane with stop-go traffic.
After the meeting, I considered two options before driving back to downtown:
1. Book into a motel.
2. Go via Cambridge. Or perhaps Buffalo.
To avoid similar grief, I would recommend checking the LRT website rideion.ca before getting in your car.