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King St. bike lane temporarily closed just two weeks after opening

The protected King Street bike lane opened earlier this month. Just two weeks later, a construction sign is up saying the lane is now temporarily closed.

The new King Street lane is closed while a construction project erects scaffolding

The sign went up this week. (Rebecca Zandbergen/CBC News)

Cyclists celebrated when the city officially unveiled its protected bike lane on King Street on June 13.

But just two weeks later, a construction sign is up saying the lane is temporarily closed.

Crews are erecting scaffolding across from the Covent Garden Market on King Street where a high rise is going up.

The scaffolding sits directly over the bike lane.

Jim Yanchula, manager of downtown projects and business relations, said the bike lane will remain closed for three days as construction crews build the scaffolding that will still allow separated access for bikes and pedestrians along the stretch of King Street.

Despite the construction, Yanchula isn't worried the scaffolding will deter Londoners from using the new bike lane.

"When it was decided that we would have the bike lane on King Street, the desire was that it was an uninterrupted bike lane between the river and Colborne Street and we've managed to still maintain that."

Yanchula said the scaffolding will be up for the length of the construction, which is expected to last from 18 to 24 months, barring any complications.

The bike lane is closed for three days. (Rebecca Zandbergen/CBC News)