Comment 89549

By Sara_M (anonymous) | Posted June 14, 2013 at 14:52:53

The learnings from the closure of the Queen Street Hill will be very helpful for the potential permanent closing of James Mountain Road to cars, so that it becomes an express route for transit and emergency vehicles.

Making James Mountain Road a transit priority mountain access was discussed at City Council when The Rapid Ready report was presented, and Terry Whitehead was in favour. There's no specific plan yet, but closing the Queen Hill shows that there is extra capacity and that closing James Mountain Road would not be a world ending move. The big resistance will be St. Joseph's hospital, since so many of their staff would find it very frustrating not to able to use James Mountain Road to drive directly between their two main sites.

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