By Ryan McGreal
Published March 27, 2013
Another data point in the argument that downtown Hamilton streets have way too much lane capacity: yesterday mid-afternoon, Main Street was reduced to just two lanes east of Bay Street for some work on the new McMaster healthcare campus.
Despite the lane capacity being reduced by 60 percent unexpectedly, the traffic on Main continued to flow smoothly, albeit at a lower and less dangerous speed.
The street has been reduced by a lane between Caroline and Bay for several months and it has had negligible effect on traffic. Likewise, King Street has been down one lane at Hess with minimal impact. At worst, the lane closure produces some mild congestion at afternoon rush hour with free-flowing traffic the rest of the day.
If we reconfigure Main, King and Cannon Streets as complete, two-way streets, they will operate just fine for cars and be vastly better for pedestrians, cyclists, local residents, businesses and visitors.
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