Hart Solomon, the head of traffic engineering and operations in the City's Public Works Department, has just retired. Kelly Anderson, spokesperson for Public Works, confirmed in an email that Mr. Solomon's last day was Friday.
Solomon worked for the City of Hamilton for 33 years and has been the head of traffic engineering since Amalgamation in 2001. He has also served as an adviser to the Transportation Association of Canada on developing standards for pedestrian crossings.
Hamilton's traffic engineering office has often been criticized for a tendency to prioritize automobile traffic flow over other transportation modes, including walking, cycling and transit; and particularly for its unyielding commitment to maintain Hamilton's one-way thoroughfares, particularly Main Street and Cannon Street.
With Solomon's retirement, the City has not yet appointed a successor.
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