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Mohawk homeowners get mail delivery

By Kevin Werner, News Staff

Residents along Mohawk Road in Ancaster are getting their mail delivery re-instated starting this week.

Canada Post had halted mail delivery in February because of safety issues involving the roadway and the severe winter weather, said Eugene Knapik, spokesperson for Canada Post.

He said Canada Post carriers were concerned about the accumulation of ice along Mohawk, and the high volume of traffic along the roadway. The Crown corporation stopped carrier delivery last month and installed a community letter box for residents in the area along Mohawk Road to McNiven.

Knapik said Canada Post is asking residents to remove their locks from the community box by March 21 because it will now be removed.

Starting March 17 Canada Post will be using a step van for mail carriers to deliver their letters, said Knapik.

“It will afford the necessary protection (for the carriers),” he said.

Step vans are so named to allow the carrier to step up into the van by using low van steps built under the vehicle’s doors while standing up-right. Homeowners along Mohawk Road have complained about the unsafe road for a few years.

Hans Lieferink, a resident along the road, said there are no sidewalks in his neighbourhood, and traffic has been increasing every year. He said traffic is so intense there have been vehicles driving into the newly installed median.

“It’s crazy,” said Lieferink. “There have been accidents with cars running into lamp posts.”

He said during Halloween no kids or people venture out to those homes along Mohawk because of the safety problems.

“It’s like a race track some times,” he said. “There are more vehicles and more problems.”

Knapik said Canada Post will monitor the situation to determine if the roadway is still unsafe.

“We always do a thorough safety review before we re-institute delivery,” he said.

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