Comment 64731

By John Neary (registered) | Posted June 08, 2011 at 15:16:56 in reply to Comment 64703

I don't know whether the hospital had any input into the city's decisions concerning these intersections. I wouldn't expect ambulance access to be much of a factor; they just use their sirens when they're really in a hurry.

The strangest pedestrian restriction of the group, in my mind, is Herkimer and James. The others can all be rationalized as improving automobile flow between James and John just below the mountain accesses. But the restriction at Herkimer and James only benefits motorists turning south onto James from Herkimer. Herkimer is a one-way eastbound street that ends at James and doesn't intersect any other major street except Queen.

I guess the ban on pedestrian crossings there makes 403-Aberdeen-Queen-Herkimer-James a quick route to the mountain brow. One would think that the Linc would have obviated the need for such a crosstown route. Another example of how, at least in Hamilton, highway megaprojects don't actually end up calming traffic on city streets.

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