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Smackdown: Does closing a busy road actually reduce traffic?


Traffic evaporation is a phenomenon that supposedly occurs when roads and lanes are closed to vehicles. Some studies have found that strategically closing roads actually reduces traffic congestion.

Toronto Star urban issues writer Christopher Hume argues that the phenomenon is real, and drivers find other ways to get around the city when a busy road is closed. But Wheels Editor Norris McDonald isn’t so sure – he says congestion would only get worse.

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