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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.

YR Master Transportation Plan

York Region’s Transportation Plan has been completed and is now open for comments until September 15th.  This is not only about road projects although that does tend to dominate both in projects and required capital funds!  The plan includes bicycle routes and decisions about dedicated infrastructure; also plans for public transit and provision of safe walking infrastructure is included too.  The plan looks out to 2041.  I have only skimmed the report so far but I have absorbed enough to know that I am disturbed at the amount of new pavement being proposed over the next 25 years.  Whatever aspect of transportation interests you I encourage you to review the executive summary and provide feedback as indicated. For more details see further below.