Raymond Braun, Dundas
Speed limits on Cootes Dive from Main Street West in Hamilton to Dundas should be lowered. The higher ones might have been all right 40 years ago but they are not appropriate for today’s traffic.
As you go from Dundas to Hamilton from East Street, there are two signs 200 metres apart inviting you to drive 80 km/h. Drivers then hit the stoplight at Olympic Drive and often get a red signal. Coming from Olympic, it is a “T” junction and not many cars turn left there (toward Hamilton), but they get a priority for green when approaching.
Back to Cootes, going to Hamilton at the big curve, there are signs indicating a 50 km/h speed limit to warn about pedestrian crossing near McMaster University.Police often enforce the speed limit.
Going the other way toward Dundas, the 50 km/h limit does not change to 80 km/h until well into the big curve after the feed-in lane from the university. After the first 80 km/h sign, it is only 200 metres to Olympic Drive, where drivers again often hit red. So why raise the speed limit at all ? I think 70 km/h is more than sufficient and more up-to-date for to-day’s heavy traffic between west Hamilton and Dundas.
Clearly a change in the speed limit and the signage are needed.
After 10 or 11 p.m., the stoplights at the Cootes and Olympic intersection need only to be flashing ones — green for Cootes and red for Olympic because there is very little traffic at night.