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Transportation for Liveable Communities Hamilton
Walk or bike it, but no more carsBy Daniel Nolan
The Hamilton Spectator
(May 15, 2007)
The days are numbered for driving across the clattering timber deck of the Valley Inn Road bridge.
The deck is slated to be replaced this fall in a $200,000 rehabilitation project, which will also close the bridge linking Hamilton to Burlington over the Grindstone Creek to vehicle traffic. It will then be open only to pedestrians and cyclists.
The city held an open house last night to show residents what it has been working on for the bridge redesign since the spring of 2006. The present structure is a Bailey bridge, a military-style portable bridge, which was installed soon after the previous bridge collapsed beneath a truck May 5, 1965. A bridge has been at the site since the late 1800s.
There was talk of replacing the Bailey, but city officials decided to upgrade it, replace the decaying deck and also fund beautifying the area. This includes a 15-car parking lot at the top of Valley Inn Road (named for an old hotel which burned down in 1928) and a lookout into Sunfish Pond.
About two dozen people visited the open house. Lorissa Skrypniak, acting senior project manager, said the majority of comments have been "fairly positive," but she admitted some don't like to see the bridge closed to traffic. An environmental assessment has determined it should be closed to vehicles.
Randy Kay, a member of Transportation for Livable Communities, liked the change. "It's going to make it more intact environmentally and you can forget about traffic and think of other things," said the avid cyclist.
Keith Black, a retired Dofasco worker, believed it was a mistake to ban vehicles. "If it was good for people a hundred years ago, it's good for the people today," he said.
Speed limit cut on Cootes near Mac
* By Nicole MacIntyre
The Hamilton Spectator
*(May 8, 2007)
The city is lowering the speed limit on Cootes Drive to protect university students crossing the busy road.
Yesterday, councillors voted to reduce the speed from 60 km/h to 40 just south of the overpass at McMaster University to Main Street. There will also be a transition zone that will reduce drivers coming out of Dundas from 80 km/h to 60 before they hit the low speed zone.
Mac student Heather Watson, 19, was killed at the crossing in February 2006.
The city vowed after her death to explore whether there were more ways to make the popular crossing safer.
A recent university study found 3,700 people crossed Cootes Drive during the day. At peak time during the lunch hour, some 425 people crossed. The study also found a high risk for pedestrians to be hit.
Yesterday's committee motion, which was brought forward on behalf of Councillor Brian McHattie, noted the primary issue at the crossing is pedestrians and cyclists who ignore the traffic signals or don't use the crosswalk.
April 30, 2007
Dear Ms. Severin:
RE: Pedestrian Fatalities
Thank-you for advising me of your concerns regarding the deaths of pedestrians while crossing roads in Hamilton. At this point, no inquest has been called, but I can advise you that our office is investigating the deaths, and will call an inquest if the circumstances meet the legal test for a discretionary inquest, under Section 20 of the Coroners Act.
David S. Eden. M.D.
Regional Supervising Coroner Niagara
cc: Dr. B. McLellan, Chief Coroner