Comment 25956

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted July 16, 2008 at 15:37:05

Don't mean to derail this, but the mention of the 403 ramps spurred me on...

No matter what we do with the streets - one-way, two-way, no-way, ten-way - we desperately need to reconfigure ALL of the highway exits in our town.

We must be the only city in which every highway exit (in the lower city at least) meets the local street as a ramp instead of an intersection.

Think about the absurdity of this - why do we need a ramp ONTO main street? York? These result in the highway mentality carrying over from the 403 to the local streets.

We need a demarcation point at each highway ramp. A proper intersection with a light that signals to motorists subconsciously: "OK Mr Heavyfoot, you are exiting a highway and entering a city - slow down a bit!"

Think about any other city along the QEW - you exit the highway, and come to a light where you then choose your direction. None of this dedicated ramp business.

So if we go two-way across the 403, there's a simple solution to the highway interchange problem - change the ramps into proper intersections!

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