By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Glover Road residents have won their cul-de-sac for their street.
Hamilton councillors approved in a 12-3 vote Sept. 11 the construction of the $400,000 project, even though city planning staff objected to the idea of restricting access to a designated collector road.
Glanbrook councillor Brenda Johnson said at two public meetings, the majority of residents urged city staff to establish the cul-de-sac.
Johnson, who voted for the project, said the city should establish a separation between the residential area, which will not have sidewalks installed, and the nearby industrial park.
“This is a rural residential area,” she said.
Residents said since Canada Bread and Maple Leaf Foods have establish manufacturing plants at the Red Hill Business Park, traffic along Glover Road has risen to about 100 vehicles during peak periods. And with Navistar expected to build a plant at the industrial park, more traffic, including trucks will increase in the near future. There are about 25 homeowners along Glover Road.
Maple Leaf Foods officials have stated they are not opposed to the cul-de-sac.
City staff has stated their studies have revealed traffic along the road is in the 50 vehicle range. Gavin Norman, manager of design and construction, saidGlover Road can accommodate up to 8,000 vehicles per day.
He added that over the last few months construction within the area has seen a higher amount of truck traffic using Glover Road.
Mountain councillor Terry Whitehead, who opposed the cul-de-sac, said it was premature to close offGlover Road, especially when there are other roadways more deserving. He pointed out the $400,000 cost of the project essentially means the city is paying about $20,000 per household, which he characterized as receiving poor value for the money that will be spent in the area.
“If we start taking that point, God help us,” he said.
Hamilton’s deputy fire chief Bill Cunliffe said he was “concerned” about the cul-de-sac, since it will add “at least a few minutes” to fire officials’ response time.
“It’s normally a straight run up Glover Road,” he said.
Johnson said homeowners are well aware of the health and safety implications, and they still want the cul-de-sac.
Also opposing the project were Stoney Creek councillor Maria Pearson and Ward 2 councillor Jason Farr.
Councillors did approve the entire Red Hill Business Park South Transportation Master Plan Addendum, which has been in progress since 2010, for a 30-day public review process. Once the public comment period is completed, the recommendations are accepted and will proceed to the Environmental Assessment process. If someone has an issue, they will have to submit their concerns to the environment ministry. But once the minister of the environment makes a decision, it is final, said city officials.
The recommendations also include extendingTwenty RoadfromDartnall RoadtoGlover Road, and construct Twenty Road extension from Glover Road to Trinity Church Arterial Road.