Go west to 403, says city

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton will make a formal request to the Ministry of Transportation for additional westbound accesses to Highway 403 from Ancaster and West Hamilton.

The motion, approved without debate Monday by the city’s public works committee, requests a meeting with Liberal MPPs Ted McMeekin and Sophia Aggelonitis, along with Councillors Lloyd Ferguson and Brian McHattie and city staff, to explore additional westbound 403 accesses.

“I’d like to take this to the BIA meeting in Ancaster tonight,” said Mr. Ferguson following Monday’s committee endorsement.

Mr. Ferguson and public works staff want the province to explore converting a temporary access ramp from Main Street West and Longwood Road to a permanent ramp, along with a proposed new access from Golf Links Road.

A petition circulated by Ancaster resident Karen Wilkins for a pedestrian friendly Ancaster village core has garnered more than 1,200 signatures.

Along with improvements to pedestrian right of ways, crosswalks and bicycle lanes, the petition urges no additional vehicular turning lanes and improved westbound 403 accesses to discourage commuter traffic in the historic downtown shopping district.

“It is imperative that the City of Hamilton recognize the need to promote the construction and reconstruction of multiple and complete, all directional access to the 403,” the petition states.

The petition also argues the Rousseaux Street westbound 403 access, eliminated during the construction of the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, should be re-established. The petition was forwarded to the mayor and members of council on Sept. 14.

According to a staff report, if additional westbound accesses are not provided, traffic is forced to use local roadways which increases traffic volume, congestion, inconvenience and air emissions.

“For the additional westbound access to/from Highway 403 at Golf Links Road…the access would be very beneficial in addressing the existing and anticipated future traffic problems in the community north of Highway 403…” the report concludes.

City staff met with Ministry of Transportation officials in April. The ministry presented a list of concerns, including inadequate interchange spacing, current highway congestion, maintenance restrictions and limits to the ministry’s ability for future highway expansion.

Go west to 403, says city

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton will make a formal request to the Ministry of Transportation for additional westbound accesses to Highway 403 from Ancaster and West Hamilton.

The motion, approved without debate Monday by the city’s public works committee, requests a meeting with Liberal MPPs Ted McMeekin and Sophia Aggelonitis, along with Councillors Lloyd Ferguson and Brian McHattie and city staff, to explore additional westbound 403 accesses.

“I’d like to take this to the BIA meeting in Ancaster tonight,” said Mr. Ferguson following Monday’s committee endorsement.

Mr. Ferguson and public works staff want the province to explore converting a temporary access ramp from Main Street West and Longwood Road to a permanent ramp, along with a proposed new access from Golf Links Road.

A petition circulated by Ancaster resident Karen Wilkins for a pedestrian friendly Ancaster village core has garnered more than 1,200 signatures.

Along with improvements to pedestrian right of ways, crosswalks and bicycle lanes, the petition urges no additional vehicular turning lanes and improved westbound 403 accesses to discourage commuter traffic in the historic downtown shopping district.

“It is imperative that the City of Hamilton recognize the need to promote the construction and reconstruction of multiple and complete, all directional access to the 403,” the petition states.

The petition also argues the Rousseaux Street westbound 403 access, eliminated during the construction of the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, should be re-established. The petition was forwarded to the mayor and members of council on Sept. 14.

According to a staff report, if additional westbound accesses are not provided, traffic is forced to use local roadways which increases traffic volume, congestion, inconvenience and air emissions.

“For the additional westbound access to/from Highway 403 at Golf Links Road…the access would be very beneficial in addressing the existing and anticipated future traffic problems in the community north of Highway 403…” the report concludes.

City staff met with Ministry of Transportation officials in April. The ministry presented a list of concerns, including inadequate interchange spacing, current highway congestion, maintenance restrictions and limits to the ministry’s ability for future highway expansion.

Go west to 403, says city

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton will make a formal request to the Ministry of Transportation for additional westbound accesses to Highway 403 from Ancaster and West Hamilton.

The motion, approved without debate Monday by the city’s public works committee, requests a meeting with Liberal MPPs Ted McMeekin and Sophia Aggelonitis, along with Councillors Lloyd Ferguson and Brian McHattie and city staff, to explore additional westbound 403 accesses.

“I’d like to take this to the BIA meeting in Ancaster tonight,” said Mr. Ferguson following Monday’s committee endorsement.

Mr. Ferguson and public works staff want the province to explore converting a temporary access ramp from Main Street West and Longwood Road to a permanent ramp, along with a proposed new access from Golf Links Road.

A petition circulated by Ancaster resident Karen Wilkins for a pedestrian friendly Ancaster village core has garnered more than 1,200 signatures.

Along with improvements to pedestrian right of ways, crosswalks and bicycle lanes, the petition urges no additional vehicular turning lanes and improved westbound 403 accesses to discourage commuter traffic in the historic downtown shopping district.

“It is imperative that the City of Hamilton recognize the need to promote the construction and reconstruction of multiple and complete, all directional access to the 403,” the petition states.

The petition also argues the Rousseaux Street westbound 403 access, eliminated during the construction of the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, should be re-established. The petition was forwarded to the mayor and members of council on Sept. 14.

According to a staff report, if additional westbound accesses are not provided, traffic is forced to use local roadways which increases traffic volume, congestion, inconvenience and air emissions.

“For the additional westbound access to/from Highway 403 at Golf Links Road…the access would be very beneficial in addressing the existing and anticipated future traffic problems in the community north of Highway 403…” the report concludes.

City staff met with Ministry of Transportation officials in April. The ministry presented a list of concerns, including inadequate interchange spacing, current highway congestion, maintenance restrictions and limits to the ministry’s ability for future highway expansion.