If you live downtown, pay attention to this unfolding story.
McMaster University wants a truck route along King West through Westdale Village to the school's Sterling St. entrance. This route also passes through the George R. Allan School street crossing.
The current language in the by-law regarding King West designates this street as a truck route. Local residents and organizations are pushing Council to revise the by-law to restrict trucks to Main St W. and Cootes Dr.
This is a huge issue for urban residents in Hamilton. In my neighbourhood this is by far the most talked-about issue that faces us each and every day trucks that should be on highways are roaring past homes, schools, parks and shops.
Many in the Strathcona neighbourhood and others nearby, are planning to organize to have Cannon/York/Main/King designated for local deliveries only. Right now it is common to see transport trucks from the far northeastern reaches of our industrial core traveling on Queen, York, Dundurn, King and Main Streets.
The opening of the Red Hill Expressway will provide a ring around the city for trucks to use.
I find it a little scary that residents are being forced to push this hard in Westdale to stop King West beintg designated a truck route.
This is some of the most prime real estate in Hamilton with some of our most exclusive neighbourhoods. If council allows trucks to roar through this area, the lower income areas downtown have no hope of seeing our antiquated truck routes changed.
I've been to many cities and Hamilton is the only one that allows industrial truck traffic to fly past our downtown market, library, commercial streets and residential neighbourhoods.
Timed lights, one-way streets and an insane amount of extra lane capacity are the main reasons truckers continue to use our downtown core as their highway.
Tomorrow's vote should be a no-brainer, but either way it will carry huge ramifications for other neighbourhoods looking to address this issue.
Stay tuned. There is certainly more to come on this.
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