The first divergent diamond interchange in Ontario is set to open to drivers Monday in the Niagara region.
The Department of Transportation says the Glendale Avenue and Queen Elizabeth Way interchange in Niagara is scheduled to open at 5 a.m. Monday after a weekend of major detours.
“Divergent Diamond Swapping will improve performance by reducing vehicle conflict points while allowing unrestricted cornering movements,” according to engineering firm Morrison Hershfield and Brennan Paving and Construction Ltd.
It achieves this by reconfiguring the traffic lanes to allow direct access to the four directional freeway ramps. This means that drivers will no longer have to make left turns when entering or exiting the freeway. Instead, motorists will use interconnecting crossing lanes controlled by traffic lights and signs.
The current Glendale Avenue Bridge is scheduled to be demolished Monday evening.
Although this is the first divergent diamond trading point in Ontario, there are already two more in Canada, including Calgary and Regina.
The ministry hosted an in-person public education session earlier this month to explain how the exchange works and answer questions.