When the façade of a heritage building came crumbling down near Yonge and Gould streets more than a week ago, the city put up a large blue fence around the damage for public safety.

But the fence, which blocked two lanes of northbound traffic on Yonge Street and closed the eastern sidewalk to pedestrians, has made the situation on the street a lot more dangerous, according to pedestrians and drivers.

“It’s insane, it’s crazy and incredibly inconvenient,” said Kurt Newman, who lives near Yonge and Dundas. “There’s no sidewalk, no signs, no one to direct traffic.

“I can’t believe this is the solution the city came up with.”

Confused pedestrians wait for gaps in traffic to run to the other side of the street. Others spill on to the street at the risk of being swiped by a car as they walk along the makeshift northbound lane. Drivers slow down as bikers and people come from every direction.

The city says it will put in a sidewalk in coming days to make it safer for pedestrians, said Ann Borooah, the city’s chief building official.

“The plan is to install more permanent hoarding along the east side of Yonge Street on the middle northbound lane, which would provide more protection for pedestrians so they could just continue up Yonge Street,” said Borooah.

“It will be better for pedestrians, but it would still be a little awkward for bikes,” she said.

Drivers, however, will have to put up with the traffic woes until it can be determined if the building can be used once again —which will take months, said Borooah.

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