By Ryan McGreal
Published October 29, 2013
The City of Hamilton is converting part of Queen Street to two-way!
Yeah, don't get too excited. They're converting the section of Queen between Barton Street and Stuart Street - a distance of around 120 metres (394 feet).
Stuart is two-way along its east-west length and the southeast diagonal that connects to Queen, but Queen is one-way southbound.
After the conversion, which is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 4, weather permitting, it will be possible to turn north onto Queen from Barton and continue east on Stuart.
South of Barton, Queen will continue to be one-way southbound. At the current rate of conversion, I believe we can expect the other 15 blocks of Queen between Barton and Herkimer to be converted by mid-century.
South of Herkimer, Queen reverts to two-way again and is two-way up the Escarpment on Beckett Drive.
Queen Street looking North from Herkimer (RTH file photo)
Queen Street looking South from Herkimer (RTH file photo)
Queen may be the least essential one-way street in Hamilton. Last year, Council approved a one-way-to-two-way study group for Queen and Cannon Street. A grassroots committee undertook a walking tour and audit of Queen in April to identify opportunities and challenges for its conversion into a complete, two-way street.
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