By Laura Lennie, News staff
Stoney Creek councillor Brad Clark says the new speed cushion on Second Road West will make a “noticeable difference” for residents concerned about speeding and disobeying of stop signs in the area.
Clark said the traffic calming device, which was put in recently at the south end of the street north of Rymal Road, is proven to slow traffic.
“The speed cushions are proven technology, so they do slow people down,” he said. “It pretty much guarantees that people can’t blow through a stop sign because when you come up to the stop sign and the speed cushion is there, if you go through it, you’re going to be up in the air and (you’ll) bottom out your vehicle. We know that it, very clearly, causes people to stop at the intersection.”
City council approved the estimated $4,000 capital budget-funded project in the spring, as part of a review of the 2006 Regional Official Plan Amendment 9 (ROPA9) Transportation Master Plan.
The study addressed the infrastructure improvements required to service the ROPA9 lands, which include Mud Street West to the north, Upper Centennial Parkway to the east, south of Rymal Road East and Pritchard Road to the west, to allow for existing and proposed development, as well as traffic calming.
Transportation changes were developed during a six-year process that included public consultation through a community liaison committee.
A number of recommendations were made, including the closure of Upper Mount Albion Road, which is expected to take place before the new Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School opens on Rymal Road East in the late fall.
“Because of Upper Mount Albion being closed, the residents on Second Road West said that they just feel that there’s going to be more traffic on their road,” said Al Kirkpatrick, manager of transportation planning for the city. “There are already a number of traffic calming devices, such as all-way stops, on Second Road West, so this (the speed cushion) was just an additional feature that we had discussed and brought forward in the ROPA9 Transportation Master Plan review. The idea is to calm the traffic through that road, in addition to what’s already there.”
Residents of Second Road West have continuously voiced concerns over high volumes of commuter traffic and safety infractions, such as speeding and disobeying stop signs.
They also have lobbied city officials to close the street at Rymal Road because of the issues.
Clark said in addition to the speed cushion, residents will see the installation of sidewalks on both sides of the road and signage to promote pedestrian safety.
“In terms of traffic aversion, it (the speed cushion) will avert some traffic, mostly people with low rider cars and things along that line,” he said. “The volume of traffic really hasn’t increased significantly from where it was during ROPA9. But we wanted to make sure that we put as many safety devices in (as possible) and then we’ll continue to monitor it.”
Clark said there are residents on Second Road West that will see the speed cushion as an improvement.
“There are some residents on second road that will not see it as an improvement; their only solution is to close the road and, unfortunately, we can’t do that,” he said. “For people who are being very objective and watching what’s going on, they will see noticeable improvements in the flow of traffic and flowing of the speed. Those are all very positives on that particular road.”