The Road More Taken

By Ryan McGreal
Published August 28, 2006

According to CHML, Mayor Larry Di Ianni, who never met a highway he didn't like, is headed to Queen's Park to stump for the mid-peninsula highway with Ontario Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield.

Proposed route of the mid-peninsula highway
Proposed route of the mid-peninsula highway

The proposed highway would start in Niagara Falls Peace Bridge or Fort Erie, pass through Welland, swoop around Hamilton to the south, and connect either to the 403 in Hamilton, the 407 in Burlington, or the 401 in Guelph.

Like the Red Hill Valley Expressway, plans for the mid-pen have been kicking around since the 1950s. The idea gained traction in the 1990s as traffic on the Queen Elizabeth Way grew more congested.

The Ontario Government has delayed the project repeatedly, pending a new environmental assessment. Property owners along the proposed route have also been reluctant to sell.

Amazingly, the main defence of this plan concerns protecting sensitive fruitlands through the Niagara growing region.

More information on the mid-pen is available from Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment.

(Thanks to Jason Leach for passing on this news article.)

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.


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By against sprawl (anonymous) | Posted August 31, 2006 at 16:36:29

I guess Di Ianni is looking for more backers for his next campaign. He rode his first mayoral candidacy on developer checks from the RHE, and so he seeks to repeat his "success" again!

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