By John Neary
Published June 15, 2012
This morning at 9:30 AM, I took my son out in the car to Tiffany Falls in Ancaster. As we approached Cannon Street from our house on Mary, I saw that the two left lanes of Cannon were blocked between Mary and Catharine for roadwork.
Traffic on the remaining two lanes was a bit busier than usual, so instead of being able to turn left and immediately catch the green wave I had to wait for the green wave to pass.
I was stopped at the red light at Catharine with five other cars. It cost me about a minute's delay.
A greater disruption to traffic occurred just after the light turned green again. A driver heading north on John Street turned east (i.e. the wrong way) onto Cannon and accelerated halfway down the block to Catharine before making a right turn into the parking lot at Barton Radiator Works. All of the westbound drivers stopped in their tracks.
I see someone driving the wrong way on Cannon or Mary at least once a week, although it rarely brings traffic to a halt like it did in this case.
If closing two lanes of traffic doesn't cause congestion - even at a near-peak travel time - why do we need four westbound lanes on Cannon Street?
And if the occasional motorist is going to drive the wrong way on our one-way streets, why don't we either step up enforcement or, better yet, redesign the street to permit two-way traffic?