Unpleasant in Pleasant View

Opinion Jun 19, 2017 Dundas Star News

Re: York Road closed for culvert repair and York Road to stay closed until mid-June, May 11 and 18.

After York Road was closed on May 4 for culvert repair, I noticed various traffic and safety related problems in the Pleasant View area of Dundas. Traffic increased dramatically on Valley, Patterson and Old Guelph roads, especially during the morning and evening rush hours. As a local resident and school bus user, I am on these roads daily.

These roads are not suitable for high volumes of cars and trucks. They are narrow with many hidden bends and streets, lots of potholes and eroded edges, and several large trees right at the side of the pavement. In addition to cars, these roads are frequently used by hikers, cyclists, dog walkers and parents with strollers, not to mention the occasional raccoon and deer.

Even though there were signs that said, “Road closed, local traffic only,” it was clearly not all local traffic. During the closure, I saw impatient drivers pass school buses while they were stopped with their lights flashing. On the side of the road, I saw mirrors that were likely knocked off cars that passed too close to each other or to one of the trees. Also, despite a recent reduction in the speed limit on Old Guelph Road to 40 km/h, many motorists still seem to be doing 60-80 km/h or more.

York Road opened again last week, but that doesn’t solve the traffic problems in this neighbourhood. In addition to high speeds and poor quality roads, the rush hour buildup at the four-way stop at York and Old Guelph Roads will start again.

One way of improving traffic flow might be to install a roundabout at the York and Old Guelph intersection. A few other suggestions to calm traffic and improve safety are to install electronic speed meters, road humps and designated bike and foot paths and to increase police enforcement in this area.

The York Road closure was definitely inconvenient, but then again, so could be a visit to the police station, hospital or morgue. It is time for drivers and the city to make the roads safer in this neighbourhood.

Reece Moulton

Dundas Valley Secondary School

Grade 10 student

 

LETTER: Unpleasant in Dundas' Pleasant View with traffic issues

Opinion Jun 19, 2017 Dundas Star News

Re: York Road closed for culvert repair and York Road to stay closed until mid-June, May 11 and 18.

After York Road was closed on May 4 for culvert repair, I noticed various traffic and safety related problems in the Pleasant View area of Dundas. Traffic increased dramatically on Valley, Patterson and Old Guelph roads, especially during the morning and evening rush hours. As a local resident and school bus user, I am on these roads daily.

These roads are not suitable for high volumes of cars and trucks. They are narrow with many hidden bends and streets, lots of potholes and eroded edges, and several large trees right at the side of the pavement. In addition to cars, these roads are frequently used by hikers, cyclists, dog walkers and parents with strollers, not to mention the occasional raccoon and deer.

Even though there were signs that said, “Road closed, local traffic only,” it was clearly not all local traffic. During the closure, I saw impatient drivers pass school buses while they were stopped with their lights flashing. On the side of the road, I saw mirrors that were likely knocked off cars that passed too close to each other or to one of the trees. Also, despite a recent reduction in the speed limit on Old Guelph Road to 40 km/h, many motorists still seem to be doing 60-80 km/h or more.

York Road opened again last week, but that doesn’t solve the traffic problems in this neighbourhood. In addition to high speeds and poor quality roads, the rush hour buildup at the four-way stop at York and Old Guelph Roads will start again.

One way of improving traffic flow might be to install a roundabout at the York and Old Guelph intersection. A few other suggestions to calm traffic and improve safety are to install electronic speed meters, road humps and designated bike and foot paths and to increase police enforcement in this area.

The York Road closure was definitely inconvenient, but then again, so could be a visit to the police station, hospital or morgue. It is time for drivers and the city to make the roads safer in this neighbourhood.

Reece Moulton

Dundas Valley Secondary School

Grade 10 student

 

LETTER: Unpleasant in Dundas' Pleasant View with traffic issues

Opinion Jun 19, 2017 Dundas Star News

Re: York Road closed for culvert repair and York Road to stay closed until mid-June, May 11 and 18.

After York Road was closed on May 4 for culvert repair, I noticed various traffic and safety related problems in the Pleasant View area of Dundas. Traffic increased dramatically on Valley, Patterson and Old Guelph roads, especially during the morning and evening rush hours. As a local resident and school bus user, I am on these roads daily.

These roads are not suitable for high volumes of cars and trucks. They are narrow with many hidden bends and streets, lots of potholes and eroded edges, and several large trees right at the side of the pavement. In addition to cars, these roads are frequently used by hikers, cyclists, dog walkers and parents with strollers, not to mention the occasional raccoon and deer.

Even though there were signs that said, “Road closed, local traffic only,” it was clearly not all local traffic. During the closure, I saw impatient drivers pass school buses while they were stopped with their lights flashing. On the side of the road, I saw mirrors that were likely knocked off cars that passed too close to each other or to one of the trees. Also, despite a recent reduction in the speed limit on Old Guelph Road to 40 km/h, many motorists still seem to be doing 60-80 km/h or more.

York Road opened again last week, but that doesn’t solve the traffic problems in this neighbourhood. In addition to high speeds and poor quality roads, the rush hour buildup at the four-way stop at York and Old Guelph Roads will start again.

One way of improving traffic flow might be to install a roundabout at the York and Old Guelph intersection. A few other suggestions to calm traffic and improve safety are to install electronic speed meters, road humps and designated bike and foot paths and to increase police enforcement in this area.

The York Road closure was definitely inconvenient, but then again, so could be a visit to the police station, hospital or morgue. It is time for drivers and the city to make the roads safer in this neighbourhood.

Reece Moulton

Dundas Valley Secondary School

Grade 10 student