All Hamilton residents interested in providing input on our new truck route are encouraged to read this report [PDF link] and be sure to send in your feedback this week.
Unfortunately, none of the options address the huge quality-of-life problems associated with heavy truck traffic dominating our downtown core.
Option 2 takes trucks off a few short blocks of King, Bay and York, but the preferred option leaves the trucks on Bay and York, near the Market. I know I'll enjoy the renovated York Blvd streetscape and Farmers' Market with those beautiful transport trucks speeding by.
Main, Cannon and York are proposed to be left exactly as is. After all, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?
Your input is needed badly in this study. Unfortunately, many downtown residents had no faith from the start that this process was actually interested in the quality-of-life and business in our downtown neighbourhoods. I'm sure the Chamber of Commerce would be up in arms if we suggested that trucks use our multi-billion dollar ring highway system.
Please take a few minutes to make your voice heard. Safe, healthy cities only happen through the active involvement of their citizens.
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