Wednesday, August, 21, 2013 - 8:08:32 PM
Stop lights at Pritchard until Trinity extension opens
By Gord Bowes, News staff
Temporary stop lights are going up on Rymal Road East at Pritchard Road.
The move is being made because of an expected increase in traffic as the city closes Upper Mount Albion Road at Rymal, said Al Kirkpatrick, manager of transportation planning for the City of Hamilton.
The road closure and installation of lights will be completed in early September, said Kirkpatrick.
The lights at Pritchard and Rymal will come down after the Trinity Church Road extension from Stone Church to Rymal is completed.
“That will take most of the traffic in the future,” said Kirkpatrick.
Work on Trinity Church Road extension is expected to begin early next year.
Kirkpatrick said the lights will be timed with the neighbouring sets on Rymal at Dakota and Glover to help ensure drivers don’t have to stop at three lights in quick succession.
“Traffic staff can kind of co-ordinate the lights so there is a fairly smooth flow of traffic through that area,” he said.
Upper Mount Albion Road will be turned into a cul-de-sac at its south end.
Homeowners living along Upper Mount Albion have for years asked for the change. As residential development has increased in that section of Upper Stoney Creek and south to Binbrook, the road has transformed from a meandering, rural roadway into what residents describe as a speedway for commuters. The road has no shoulders or sidewalks and the pavement is crumbling.
The city wanted to have Mt. Albion closed and the lights up and running prior to the new Bishop Ryan high school opening and was aiming for the start of the school year, said Kirkpatrick.
Bishop Ryan is expected to open in October.