Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The road closure to make way for an upgrade was not publicised
A line of traffic on a busy Toronto street remains closed for more than four months – despite there being no obvious reason why.
According to local media, the northbound lane of Cabbagetown Road has been closed since September.
Work is being carried out to extend the road into an intersection and have it linked to a new flyover and a new bike path.
But some nearby residents are confused and concerned about what it will mean for their commute.
An urgent appeal has been made to the city for answers.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The road closure affects the whole length of Cabbagetown Road
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Residents are concerned they will face disruptions
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Work on the road upgrade began in September
Martin Mirowski, a resident whose home faces the road, told CBC News that he does not understand the need for the upgrade, particularly after another major reconstruction a decade ago.
“You see road work every day,” he said. “It’s been done many times before and it doesn’t usually affect anybody like this.”
Patrice Small, who manages the fourth floor of a nearby apartment block, says she is worried that those who live and work in the area will be affected.
“It’s a huge inconvenience that we are going to have to deal with,” she said.
A spokesperson for Toronto’s road management department, Sib Kaib said that the construction was part of a large-scale $1.2bn (£1bn) investment to improve traffic in the area.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Work has begun to link the flyover and the bike path to the northbound road
“As the road is going to be closed for three months and potentially longer, people shouldn’t expect access on all seven streets which are located on the northbound side,” she said.
Speaking to the BBC, Ms Kaib said the closure was not being made public.
“The reasons for the closure vary and we don’t want to alarm anyone or disclose confidential information,” she said.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Work on the North Cabbagetown Road is expected to take a year
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The work will see the grade-separated, car-free tunnel taking over as the key way of getting between the east and west side of the city
“We don’t know at this time when this road will reopen.”
The work has not begun on the southbound side yet.