Re: Red Hill Valley Parkway
Red Hill is built and we must move on. If we want to move on in a positive direction, we have to be able to learn from the past.
It is important that positive claims about the expressway are monitored. Improvements in net economic development, municipal taxes, road congestion and air quality helped sell this project and need to be verified.
Based on the experience of similar expressways in other cities, I have reservations. There is plenty of evidence that expanding lane capacity to reduce congestion simply does not work beyond a couple of years.
If there are failures to live up to these claims, they cannot be blamed on construction delays from road opponents, but rather on flawed thinking about the project itself.
It is not credible to claim what would have worked a decade ago no longer applies today. We were sold the impression of progress and now is the time to start measuring whether we made a smart purchase.
(Published as a letter to the editor in the November 20, 2007 issue of the Hamilton Spectator.)
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