By Nicholas Kevlahan
Published April 22, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, I noted that the $3.7 million reconstruction of Beckett Drive is going ahead without the need for residents to engage in a multi-year, councillor-supported campaign against the opposition of the traffic department.
Apparently, spending $743,000 for traffic calming in new sprawl developments is another thing the residents don't even need to campaign for: the traffic department just brings it forward as a recommendation.
Residents of the east Mountain, Stoney Creek and Glanbrook are about to see $743,000 in road work that should ease traffic in their neighbourhoods.
City staff are recommending road upgrades to Wards 6, 9 and 11. The proposal, which will be presented to councillors at Monday’s public works committee, includes closing Upper Mount Albion Road north of Rymal Road East; adding a cul-de-sac, traffic calming and sidewalks on Second Road West; and bike lanes and sidewalks for Highland Road.
I wonder how many kilometres of two-way street conversion in Wards 1-3 that $743,000 would pay for? Here's a hint: seven blocks on Hess and Caroline, i.e. 28 lane-blocks, were converted for about one-tenth that cost just ten years ago.
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