Icy, slow commute closed lanes on QEW Thursday morning
'We shut it down for safety,' said Sgt. Dave Woodford
Lanes have re-opened on the Toronto bound QEW from Northshore Blvd in Burlington. All lanes were closed Thursday morning at around 8 a.m. due to icy road conditions and for salting.
Sgt. Dave Woodford of the OPP said the Burlington Skyway was closed for approximately three hours because vehicles, specifically transport trucks, could not get up the bridge. It was too icy.
“We shut it down for safety,” he said. “We couldn't take the chance of vehicles spinning out,” said Woodford.
Brendan Payne was driving on the QEW this morning. He left St. Catharines at 9 a.m. and arrived to work in Burlington at 12 p.m. It’s a drive that usually takes just 45 minutes.
“It was nothing but stop and go all the way,” he said. “It was slow and ridiculous.”
It wasn't just the lane closures that halted traffic on the QEW.
The icy conditions kept Michael Soltys on the roads in the morning for far longer than usual.
The McMaster University professor left his west Toronto home this morning at 7:30 a.m. and arrived at McMaster at 11 a.m. The commute usually takes him about an hour.
“Basically from Oakville to Hamilton there was a layer of ice on the road. “The cars were moving very slowly, bumper to bumper.” said Soltys.
“I was surprised. I had expected a little longer but not that long.” When it came time for him to exit at Aberdeen road into Hamilton, Soltys said the ramp was blocked with cars. He had to drive around through Ancaster. The long commute caused Soltys to miss teaching his morning class.
GoTransit buses travelling on the QEW from Hamilton also experienced delays of up to 60 minutes this morning because of the weather conditions and closures.
From 6 a.m. until 11 a.m., the OPP responded to 150 collisions in the GTA.