TORONTO, Ont. – The city announced Friday that work to remove the bike lanes on Jarvis Street is complete and the reversible fifth lane will return Saturday morning.

The centre lane on Jarvis Street will reopen Saturday at 9 a.m.

Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong said Friday that the centre lane will be “better for travel in both the a.m. rush hour and p.m.when you’re going home.”

The lane was removed when the city installed bike lanes along Jarvis Street. City council approved the removal last year.

Once activated Saturday morning, lights will indicate whether the lane is open for northbound or southbound traffic. The reversible lane will be a northbound lane from 3:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and will be open to southbound traffic at all other times.

Drivers cannot use the centre lane for approximately five minutes (3:40 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.) when the lane is switching directions.

Minnan-Wong said drivers will quickly adjust.

“It’s pretty easy to understand.”

“I’m hearing a lot of positives from individuals who thought we should have done this in the first place,” he said, adding that it was not recommended before.

In a statement, Mayor Rob Ford applauded the centre lane.

“Congestion costs Toronto’s economy billions of dollars every year,” he said.

“Jarvis is a key arterial route. Returning it to full capacity will help us fight gridlock.”

City crews began to remove the bike lanes earlier this week but work was halted briefly by protests.