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400-404 link Resolution

On Feb. 5 Council there is a draft resolution requesting that the design and construction of the Highway 400-404 link be expedited.  When we received a copy of a similar resolution from another municipality earlier I indicated that I would not be supporting it.  My reason:  over last couple years I have lobbied against the GTA West Corridor (Hwy 413).  I cannot now call for this link which will be 16 kilometers of pavement.  At a very macro level I understand the need; but, I do not understand the issues, the consequences of building it.

Street Lamps: LED Retrofit

Good to see the Staff report covering the conversion of street lamps across the Township to LED. As reviewed the program represents opportunity to annual cost savings in hydro costs; plus, an ongoing operating/maintenance program which will enable better responsiveness to address issues.  As reviewed the project is based on a contract with Amaresco who has executed comparable program with other municipalities.

I do have a couple questions and comments.

  • Essentially the “base” plan is to replace/upgrade whatever exists today in terms of lighting. i.e. As indicated there are roads with less lighting than what is desired; this program does not address this.
  • What is the decision process for adding light fixtures? Not everyone has common desire for amount of lighting.
  • Confirm that all lights are “dark sky.”
  • Finally, I do want to go and look at current lighting fixtures on a couple Ward 5 streets to understand choices being made re: specific forecast.

Widening Hwy 400: deputation for noise bylaw exemption

At May 8th Council there will be a deputation regarding an application by Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for a noise by-law exemption related to the widening of hwy 400 from 19th SDRD to 16th SDRD.  As indicated earlier the designs for this project are now available for public review; feedback needs to be submitted by May 12th.  Here is notice about the project.

King City GO Train Survey: Updated Web Link

Updated GO Train Survey

To access GO train survey regarding changes to train station in King City here is the link.

As I said in an earlier post, this survey is important given the magnitude of changes to come.  I have heard from readers that links provided earlier did not function.

Do You Have Feedback for YRT?

Thursday 3/23 York Region Transit (YRT) and VIVA are hosting their annual public information session at the Township Office from 4-8PM. This is your opportunity to provide feedback to YRT/VIVA on either current service or on what you would like to see in the future.  One service I am going to be asking about is the “dial-a-ride” pilot in Georgina. Conceptually this strikes me as one of the practical ways that we could begin to have transit service in the rural areas.  Here is the formal notice about the meeting.




Finally finishing Collard, Scott & Winter

There is recommendation for awarding the tender for the top coat for Collard Drive, Scott and Winter. With the subsequent execution of the project this lengthy road reconstruction will be completed. Residents have been extremely patient.

Traffic Speed & Volume

Having reviewed the Staff report on traffic monitoring which is on the 11/1 Council agenda a constituent wrote me saying:  “I thought you might be interested in this story from the Toronto Star which is relevant to the traffic studies.  The staff report says speed is greatly influenced by the environment.  Maybe we should be changing the environment of streets to change the speed.  The staff report seems to me to take quite a narrow focus and would benefit from input by professions besides engineers.”  I agree:  the report is indeed very narrow in its focus:  I want to know what we have learned by using permanent radar boards, painted white lines at perimeter of road to create illusion of being narrower than actual, speed humps.  And, I want to know what more we could be doing.  Here is the Star article. 

Traffic Study by Ward

Very unfortunately it is hardly an exaggeration to say that everyone is talking about volume and speed of traffic.  At Council on TUESDAY, November 1 there is a Staff report reviewing learnings from a  series of traffic studies conducted during 2015 and 2016 across the Township.  I am interested to hear from you on your conclusions or ideas on action to take.  Let me know directly and/or come to Council that evening to talk to all members of Council.  Here is the report.

Radar Feedback Signs: one year later

As reviewed in the Staff report on 9/26 Council agenda, we have reached the end of the one year pilot programs of having radar feedback signs located on two local roads:  Kingscross Drive and Hazelbury Drive.  The signs were posted in response to traffic calming petitions which then precipitated traffic monitoring.  That monitoring showed that action needed to be taken.

As the report shows after one year the radar boards have not slowed the traffic or at least not significantly.  Its my recollection that the monitoring done  soon after the boards were installed on (more…)

Roads and Structures Needs Study–final

On 9/26 Council agenda there is the final report on the Roads and Needs Structure Study.  This study is critical input to our budget. Its quite clear that roads will continue to consume a significant portion of our capital dollars as the Study shows that there are roads requiring work “NOW” with an estimated cost of $19million. The Study also directs our effort to the right road segments taking into account both physical condition and traffic volume.  The Study with all the details as to how the rating process is done and how the priorities are called can be found there.  Here is the Staff report which essentially introduces the Study.

Here’s a very high level picture of our the state of our 302 km of roads for which we are responsible (i.e. does not include regional nor unassumed roads)

16% (48 km) of roads require resurfacing or construction improvements within 10 years with an estimated construction cost of $26 million.

7% (21 km) are rated as requiring work “NOW” with an estimated construction cost of $19 million.

Top 6 priorites

  • Cook Drive, Pottageville  ( Bachly Crescent
  • Dufferin St.  (Lloydtown Aurora Road to 19th)
  • South Canal Bank Road (Hwy 9 to Davis Road
  • Woodchopper’s Lane (Jane to Keele)
  • Keele (Kettleby Road to 19th)
  • Kettleby Road (Jane to Keele

For the top 10 , see page 11 of the Report.