Clark also wants Mud Steet West traffic cut to 60km/h
Stoney Creek Councillor Brad Clark says he hopes to see Upper Centennial Parkway add a new stoplight at Green Mountain Road by the end of the year as part of an overall plan to slow traffic by new residential development in the area.
Clark said he is preparing to introduce motions at city council this fall for the stoplight and a reduction in the speed limit on Upper Centennial and Mud Street to 60 km/h because the existing limits are no longer appropriate.
The new stoplight is needed, he said, to accommodate traffic generated by the Empire Homes survey being built to the northwest of the intersection on the former Chris Utter Farms property.
“If I had my way I’d have them done before the end of the year, but I don’t think we can get that accomplished,” Clark said of reducing the speed limits on Upper Centennial and Mud to 60 km/h from 80 km/h and 70 km/h, respectively.
“I hope to have the stoplight put in before the end of the year because the issue now is it’s not the people living there, it’s people coming in to consider buying. The fact that they’re not living there is irrelevant, they’re still coming in, lots of customers.”
Clark revealed his traffic plans for the area during discussion of Newalta Corp.’s plans to redesign the Taro dump at last week’s meeting of the site’s community liaison committee.
The redesign would pile waste 4.5 metres higher than allowed by existing approvals in return for limiting the dump to its current footprint – a reduction of 18 hectares.
It would also scrap plans to replace the existing entrance off Upper Centennial with a new one on Mud Street by the new Penny Lane Estates survey.
Clark said the city and Newalta had agreed to the proposed new entrance as a way to reduce the accident hazard posed by slow-moving waste trucks turning into the site on Upper Centennial.
He said the new entrance would see trucks “disappear” into the site via an internal road so that they wouldn’t be lined up on Mud.
Citizen members of the committee were divided on the new entrance.
“If I was in Penny Lane Estates and I lived in that area, I’d prefer that the entrance stayed out on Centennial,” Brad Hart said. “To me, it just makes so much more sense to keep the entrance out of a residential area.”
But Randy Valchuk said in his discussions with neighbours he’s found that how people feel about the entrance’s location depends on how often they use Mud or Upper Centennial, formerly known as Highway 20.
He said he’s concerned the redesign will only add traffic to the dump because of a plan to fill the foregone 18 hectares of quarry with clean fill.
“When I come up Highway 20 and almost see somebody slamming into the back of the truck all the time, especially when they’re turning just before the Pioneer (gas station) when people are coming up, it’s actually scary coming up Highway 20 with those trucks coming up there,” Valchuk said.
Newalta communications director Greg Jones said the redesign is projected to result in an additional 12 truck trips to the dump per day for a total average of 97.
That’s still well below the 250 allowed by the site’s licence, he said.
Clark said afterwards he believes Newalta is using opposition to the new entrance to “leverage” community support for the redesign, which he fears will only increase dust and odour issues, especially at the Empire Homes survey.
“It’s really not fair for that community,” he said. “If I had known as a councillor that they were going to be doing that before we approved Empire, I would have fought vigorously to not approve Empire for 10 years.”
The public has until Sept. 30 to comment on the redesign. Newalta has posted more information on the plan at www.newalta.com\landfilldesign.