Proposed Governor's Road improvements appear well-received

News Nov 14, 2017 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Visitors to a public information session at Dundas town hall about a planned reconstruction of Governor’s Road between Davidson Boulevard and Creighton Road were pleased with new traffic and pedestrian infrastructure improvements and suggested additional improvements to consider.

Project manager Michael Becke said drawings indicating new road design and infrastructure proposed for the 1.5-kilometre stretch of Governor’s Road were high-level and detailed drawings would be completed after reviewing public comments from Monday night’s session, followed by tendering of the project. Construction is anticipated to start around May 2018 and last until the fall.

The north side of Governor’s Road from Davidson to Creighton will be torn up to place a new water main under the street. The new pipe will connect to a future upgraded water pumping station proposed near the corner of Governor’s and Huntingwood. The pumping station will be planned in a separate project, but the underground pipe will be in place and ready.

St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School teachers Christine Maione and Jennifer Donn, along with former Dundas town councillor Kerry McNamara, suggested city staff consider implementing a way to get school buses off the street and out of the congested St. Bernadette parking lot.

McNamara recommended planners visit the site and talk to school staff about the potential use of a bus lay-by area in front of the school that is improperly used by drivers for parking or stopping. Staff currently want to eliminate its use completely.

“We’re trying to find an alternative solution,” Donn said. “It’s a nightmare.”

Becke and Susan Jacob, manager of design, said they prefer not to have traffic cross a sidewalk and bike lane — which will be added as part of the project, along the southern road allowance from Creighton to a little past Davidson. The bike lane, on a stretch apparently used by some cyclists already to avoid Governor’s Road traffic, will include a curb separating it from vehicle traffic.

However, the drawings do appear to indicate a bus stop behind a new bike lane on the north side of Governor’s at Davidson.

Area resident Jim Sweetman suggested to Jacob that bus stop be relocated to the west side of Davidson, to avoid drivers making the right turn onto Davidson around stopped buses. Moving the stop would also appear to remove conflict with the planned bike lane.

Maione and Donn agreed the new full traffic lights at Governor’s and Huntingwood, along with new pedestrian crosswalks there, are a big step forward.

They are also glad to see a centre turning lane in front of St. Bernadette. The turning lane is proposed to run from the elementary school, past Dundas Valley Elementary School and Sir William Osler Elementary School, to Moss Boulevard.

At Moss, the plan includes a pedestrian crossover a second brand new pedestrian crossing option of Governor’s Road.

Sweetman said the new turning lane, with a westbound lane allowing traffic to pass vehicles waiting to turn left, should alleviate the worst congestion created during a couple of hours a day around the three schools.

Tim Leslie, much like Sweetman, said the project and all its elements are needed. He noted what he saw as a lack of connectivity to link the Governor’s Road bike paths to other local cycling infrastructure to form a complete system, but said it does serve the surrounding neighbourhoods and improve cycling and pedestrian access for students.

Dundas city Coun. Arlene VanderBeek said she will have the drawing display boards on display in the hallway outside her Dundas town hall office for about a week after Monday’s public information centre.

Proposed Governor's Road improvements appear well-received

Visitors to public information centre make additional suggestions

News Nov 14, 2017 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Visitors to a public information session at Dundas town hall about a planned reconstruction of Governor’s Road between Davidson Boulevard and Creighton Road were pleased with new traffic and pedestrian infrastructure improvements and suggested additional improvements to consider.

Project manager Michael Becke said drawings indicating new road design and infrastructure proposed for the 1.5-kilometre stretch of Governor’s Road were high-level and detailed drawings would be completed after reviewing public comments from Monday night’s session, followed by tendering of the project. Construction is anticipated to start around May 2018 and last until the fall.

The north side of Governor’s Road from Davidson to Creighton will be torn up to place a new water main under the street. The new pipe will connect to a future upgraded water pumping station proposed near the corner of Governor’s and Huntingwood. The pumping station will be planned in a separate project, but the underground pipe will be in place and ready.

St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School teachers Christine Maione and Jennifer Donn, along with former Dundas town councillor Kerry McNamara, suggested city staff consider implementing a way to get school buses off the street and out of the congested St. Bernadette parking lot.

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McNamara recommended planners visit the site and talk to school staff about the potential use of a bus lay-by area in front of the school that is improperly used by drivers for parking or stopping. Staff currently want to eliminate its use completely.

“We’re trying to find an alternative solution,” Donn said. “It’s a nightmare.”

Becke and Susan Jacob, manager of design, said they prefer not to have traffic cross a sidewalk and bike lane — which will be added as part of the project, along the southern road allowance from Creighton to a little past Davidson. The bike lane, on a stretch apparently used by some cyclists already to avoid Governor’s Road traffic, will include a curb separating it from vehicle traffic.

However, the drawings do appear to indicate a bus stop behind a new bike lane on the north side of Governor’s at Davidson.

Area resident Jim Sweetman suggested to Jacob that bus stop be relocated to the west side of Davidson, to avoid drivers making the right turn onto Davidson around stopped buses. Moving the stop would also appear to remove conflict with the planned bike lane.

Maione and Donn agreed the new full traffic lights at Governor’s and Huntingwood, along with new pedestrian crosswalks there, are a big step forward.

They are also glad to see a centre turning lane in front of St. Bernadette. The turning lane is proposed to run from the elementary school, past Dundas Valley Elementary School and Sir William Osler Elementary School, to Moss Boulevard.

At Moss, the plan includes a pedestrian crossover a second brand new pedestrian crossing option of Governor’s Road.

Sweetman said the new turning lane, with a westbound lane allowing traffic to pass vehicles waiting to turn left, should alleviate the worst congestion created during a couple of hours a day around the three schools.

Tim Leslie, much like Sweetman, said the project and all its elements are needed. He noted what he saw as a lack of connectivity to link the Governor’s Road bike paths to other local cycling infrastructure to form a complete system, but said it does serve the surrounding neighbourhoods and improve cycling and pedestrian access for students.

Dundas city Coun. Arlene VanderBeek said she will have the drawing display boards on display in the hallway outside her Dundas town hall office for about a week after Monday’s public information centre.

Proposed Governor's Road improvements appear well-received

Visitors to public information centre make additional suggestions

News Nov 14, 2017 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Visitors to a public information session at Dundas town hall about a planned reconstruction of Governor’s Road between Davidson Boulevard and Creighton Road were pleased with new traffic and pedestrian infrastructure improvements and suggested additional improvements to consider.

Project manager Michael Becke said drawings indicating new road design and infrastructure proposed for the 1.5-kilometre stretch of Governor’s Road were high-level and detailed drawings would be completed after reviewing public comments from Monday night’s session, followed by tendering of the project. Construction is anticipated to start around May 2018 and last until the fall.

The north side of Governor’s Road from Davidson to Creighton will be torn up to place a new water main under the street. The new pipe will connect to a future upgraded water pumping station proposed near the corner of Governor’s and Huntingwood. The pumping station will be planned in a separate project, but the underground pipe will be in place and ready.

St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School teachers Christine Maione and Jennifer Donn, along with former Dundas town councillor Kerry McNamara, suggested city staff consider implementing a way to get school buses off the street and out of the congested St. Bernadette parking lot.

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McNamara recommended planners visit the site and talk to school staff about the potential use of a bus lay-by area in front of the school that is improperly used by drivers for parking or stopping. Staff currently want to eliminate its use completely.

“We’re trying to find an alternative solution,” Donn said. “It’s a nightmare.”

Becke and Susan Jacob, manager of design, said they prefer not to have traffic cross a sidewalk and bike lane — which will be added as part of the project, along the southern road allowance from Creighton to a little past Davidson. The bike lane, on a stretch apparently used by some cyclists already to avoid Governor’s Road traffic, will include a curb separating it from vehicle traffic.

However, the drawings do appear to indicate a bus stop behind a new bike lane on the north side of Governor’s at Davidson.

Area resident Jim Sweetman suggested to Jacob that bus stop be relocated to the west side of Davidson, to avoid drivers making the right turn onto Davidson around stopped buses. Moving the stop would also appear to remove conflict with the planned bike lane.

Maione and Donn agreed the new full traffic lights at Governor’s and Huntingwood, along with new pedestrian crosswalks there, are a big step forward.

They are also glad to see a centre turning lane in front of St. Bernadette. The turning lane is proposed to run from the elementary school, past Dundas Valley Elementary School and Sir William Osler Elementary School, to Moss Boulevard.

At Moss, the plan includes a pedestrian crossover a second brand new pedestrian crossing option of Governor’s Road.

Sweetman said the new turning lane, with a westbound lane allowing traffic to pass vehicles waiting to turn left, should alleviate the worst congestion created during a couple of hours a day around the three schools.

Tim Leslie, much like Sweetman, said the project and all its elements are needed. He noted what he saw as a lack of connectivity to link the Governor’s Road bike paths to other local cycling infrastructure to form a complete system, but said it does serve the surrounding neighbourhoods and improve cycling and pedestrian access for students.

Dundas city Coun. Arlene VanderBeek said she will have the drawing display boards on display in the hallway outside her Dundas town hall office for about a week after Monday’s public information centre.