Apart from the houses and chain link fence on the Claremont Access, its design is not much different from Highway 407.
By Nicholas Kevlahan
Published April 16, 2014
When city streets are designed like freeways, some people will drive 125 km/h on them.
Two male drivers, aged 55 and 48, were pulled over by Hamilton police on April 16 and charged with stunt driving and speeding. They were travelling at 125 km/hr in a 70 km/hr zone.
The two drivers were observed speeding on Wellington Street heading toward the Claremont Access.
Claremont likely has a design speed of around 120-130 km/h and is posted at 70km/h. Wellington is a 50 km/h street but can easily be driven at 100 km/h if there is little traffic.
It is shocking that it is even possible to drive at 125 km/h on a city street like Claremont or Wellington!
But this is what you get when the engineering design is based on that of a freeway with a one-way multilane design and limited access (like a divided freeway).
The northern end of Claremont is even built with very large radius curves, fences and no sidewalks to keep pedestrians away from it. It is visually indistinguishable from a freeway!
Compare and (not) contrast:
Claremont Access, Google Street View
Hwy 407, Google Street View
Apart from the houses and chain link fence on the Claremont Access, its design is not much different from Highway 407!
It's not surprising some people will drive at 125 km/h on Claremont, just like they do on the 407. Except that the Claremont is in the middle of an urban neighbourhood and is posted at 70 km/h.
We can add the minimal traffic lights and few crosswalks to the list of problems with Wellington Street. In a perverse sort of way, perhaps it's a good thing that it runs right past a hospital.
You will also notice that the speed limit sign in the Google Map for Claremont actually says 70 km/h begins. In other words, the long stretch of freeway-like portions of Claremont/Wellington/Victoria north of that point have the touchingly optimistic limit of 50km/h ... i.e. I'll say 50, but we both know I don't really mean it.
We need to recall these streets.