Comment 38355

By jason (registered) | Posted February 22, 2010 at 21:52:32

look at the ring road highway system in TO and compare it to ours. They're a much bigger city and the ring road is much larger around the core - Gardiner/427/401/DVP.

Hamilton's ring road system is 403/Linc/RHVP/QEW.

I've driven from downtown Hamilton to Centennial Pkwy via the 403/QEW in less than 15 minutes. I've also gone from downtown to Greenhill Avenue area via 403/Linc/RHVP in 15 minutes as well. That is perfectly acceptable timing for a truck. There's no way they are getting from the 403 to Centennial in less than 15 minutes.
It's just an old habit that is being perpetuated by our lousy planning and lack of basic street changes downtown. Tell a truck driver to use Yonge or Dundas as their shortcut through TO and see what they say. It's insanity in any real city anywhere. Let's convert Cannon/York/Main/Wilson and King and put up new truck route signage directing the trucks to keep the wheels moving on the highways. Residents will also use these routes once they discover that it is quicker than driving through the entire lower city.

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