MTO a road block to traffic plan, says councillor

News Sep 17, 2009 Ancaster News

Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson is hoping some political grease will finally fuel the provincial ministry opposition to construct a permanent on-ramp to the westbound Highway 403.

The Transportation Ministry’s refusal to consider building a permanent ramp has stalled further development of the Ancaster Transportation Master Plan.

“The ATMP has become stuck,” said Mr. Ferguson. “We need to get those vehicles off of Wilson Street.”

Building an on-ramp from eastbound Main Street to westbound Highway 403 would solve the traffic tie-ups along Wilson Street, and provide some relief to the McMaster University traffic along Main Street, he said.

“It would solve that,” he said. But MTO officials, said Mr. Ferguson, have been obstinate in their refusal to even consider such a ramp. They argue it will need an environmental assessment, which Mr. Ferguson agrees, but so what?

“Of course you do,” he said. “They also say it’s difficult. Well, everything is difficult. How do we light a bomb underneath these guys?”

Mr. Ferguson’s frustration was echoed by city officials who expressed some concerns by MTO’s determination not to investigate any plans for an on-ramp.

“It is very frustrating for us,” said Gerry Davis, public works general manager.

City officials said they did meet with MTO officials last week. Jill Stephen, director of strategic and environmental planning, said further contacts with them are necessary, especially with senior government officials.

MTO officials’ arguments also become facile when the MTO is already constructing a temporary on-ramp to the westbound Highway 403 as part of its 403 Bridge Rehabilitation contract. The temporary ramp will be constructed as part of the Aberdeen Rapid Bridge Replacement project.

“They can make it permanent,” said Mr. Ferguson.

Mr. Ferguson has also urged a new westbound access from Golf Links Road to alleviate commuter traffic volumes in the Ancaster core.

Council in 2009 approved a motion to establish a permanent on-ramp to westbound Highway 403. The public works committee reiterated its motion, adding that city officials and councillors discuss the MTO roadblock with Liberal MPP and cabinet minister Ted McMeekin.

The Ancaster Transportation Master Plan should be finalized quickly to ensure capital dollars are approved for needed local infrastructure projects.

The TMP also includes a technical study to improve traffic conditions at Wilson and Rousseaux streets, plus recommendations for road widening, bike and turning lanes.

MTO a road block to traffic plan, says councillor

News Sep 17, 2009 Ancaster News

Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson is hoping some political grease will finally fuel the provincial ministry opposition to construct a permanent on-ramp to the westbound Highway 403.

The Transportation Ministry’s refusal to consider building a permanent ramp has stalled further development of the Ancaster Transportation Master Plan.

“The ATMP has become stuck,” said Mr. Ferguson. “We need to get those vehicles off of Wilson Street.”

Building an on-ramp from eastbound Main Street to westbound Highway 403 would solve the traffic tie-ups along Wilson Street, and provide some relief to the McMaster University traffic along Main Street, he said.

“It would solve that,” he said. But MTO officials, said Mr. Ferguson, have been obstinate in their refusal to even consider such a ramp. They argue it will need an environmental assessment, which Mr. Ferguson agrees, but so what?

“Of course you do,” he said. “They also say it’s difficult. Well, everything is difficult. How do we light a bomb underneath these guys?”

Mr. Ferguson’s frustration was echoed by city officials who expressed some concerns by MTO’s determination not to investigate any plans for an on-ramp.

“It is very frustrating for us,” said Gerry Davis, public works general manager.

City officials said they did meet with MTO officials last week. Jill Stephen, director of strategic and environmental planning, said further contacts with them are necessary, especially with senior government officials.

MTO officials’ arguments also become facile when the MTO is already constructing a temporary on-ramp to the westbound Highway 403 as part of its 403 Bridge Rehabilitation contract. The temporary ramp will be constructed as part of the Aberdeen Rapid Bridge Replacement project.

“They can make it permanent,” said Mr. Ferguson.

Mr. Ferguson has also urged a new westbound access from Golf Links Road to alleviate commuter traffic volumes in the Ancaster core.

Council in 2009 approved a motion to establish a permanent on-ramp to westbound Highway 403. The public works committee reiterated its motion, adding that city officials and councillors discuss the MTO roadblock with Liberal MPP and cabinet minister Ted McMeekin.

The Ancaster Transportation Master Plan should be finalized quickly to ensure capital dollars are approved for needed local infrastructure projects.

The TMP also includes a technical study to improve traffic conditions at Wilson and Rousseaux streets, plus recommendations for road widening, bike and turning lanes.

MTO a road block to traffic plan, says councillor

News Sep 17, 2009 Ancaster News

Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson is hoping some political grease will finally fuel the provincial ministry opposition to construct a permanent on-ramp to the westbound Highway 403.

The Transportation Ministry’s refusal to consider building a permanent ramp has stalled further development of the Ancaster Transportation Master Plan.

“The ATMP has become stuck,” said Mr. Ferguson. “We need to get those vehicles off of Wilson Street.”

Building an on-ramp from eastbound Main Street to westbound Highway 403 would solve the traffic tie-ups along Wilson Street, and provide some relief to the McMaster University traffic along Main Street, he said.

“It would solve that,” he said. But MTO officials, said Mr. Ferguson, have been obstinate in their refusal to even consider such a ramp. They argue it will need an environmental assessment, which Mr. Ferguson agrees, but so what?

“Of course you do,” he said. “They also say it’s difficult. Well, everything is difficult. How do we light a bomb underneath these guys?”

Mr. Ferguson’s frustration was echoed by city officials who expressed some concerns by MTO’s determination not to investigate any plans for an on-ramp.

“It is very frustrating for us,” said Gerry Davis, public works general manager.

City officials said they did meet with MTO officials last week. Jill Stephen, director of strategic and environmental planning, said further contacts with them are necessary, especially with senior government officials.

MTO officials’ arguments also become facile when the MTO is already constructing a temporary on-ramp to the westbound Highway 403 as part of its 403 Bridge Rehabilitation contract. The temporary ramp will be constructed as part of the Aberdeen Rapid Bridge Replacement project.

“They can make it permanent,” said Mr. Ferguson.

Mr. Ferguson has also urged a new westbound access from Golf Links Road to alleviate commuter traffic volumes in the Ancaster core.

Council in 2009 approved a motion to establish a permanent on-ramp to westbound Highway 403. The public works committee reiterated its motion, adding that city officials and councillors discuss the MTO roadblock with Liberal MPP and cabinet minister Ted McMeekin.

The Ancaster Transportation Master Plan should be finalized quickly to ensure capital dollars are approved for needed local infrastructure projects.

The TMP also includes a technical study to improve traffic conditions at Wilson and Rousseaux streets, plus recommendations for road widening, bike and turning lanes.