Lawn signs courtesy of the the City of Hamilton have been installed by residents along Mill Street. The signs are available through Ward 15 councillor Judi Partridge’s office. – Brenda Jefferies
Speed humps will be a permanent fixture on Griffin Street and Main Street South in Waterdown.
Residents and businesses in the neighbourhood south of Dundas Street in the downtown core recently received a notice that the temporary traffic calming measures will be upgraded this summer to concrete structures.
“They are part of our 2017 contract for installations,” confirmed City of Hamilton Superintendent of Traffic Engineering David Ferguson, who didn’t have a solid time line for the project but said the work will be completed by the end of September.
The cost to install permanent speed humps is $10,000 to $15,000 per location, said Ferguson.
The speed humps were installed, along with knock-down sticks at the end of Union Street to reinforce a No Left Turn from northbound traffic on Mill Street South in 2015, after residents in the area voiced concerns about heavy traffic volumes and speeding.
“This project goes back to 2014, when residents identified a number of concerns,” said Ferguson, who noted the process for traffic calming includes utilizing temporary products to address concerns, monitoring their effectiveness and then, with input from a local working group, creating an action plan to implement a permanent installation.
He noted that during the trial period, one of the temporary speed humps was relocated due to concerns voiced by residents about its placement and one of the temporary humps on Main Street South had to be replaced after it was damaged last winter.
But, overall, the traffic calming measures are doing their job.
“The general consensus is that they were working,” noted Ward 15 Coun. Judi Partridge, adding that she initially became aware of the need for a solution to “cut through traffic” when meeting with local residents about the planned condo development on Barton Street. “For six months, we looked at all the options for different streets and nailed it down to what was doable.”
Ferguson indicated that since the implementation of the temporary measures, the volume of eastbound traffic on Griffin Street declined by 20 per cent and the operating speed declined by 28 per cent. On Main Street South, the volume of traffic declined by 10 per cent, and the operating speed was reduced to 39 km/h. On Union Street, the operating speed has also been reduced to 39 km/h.
“This is essentially the plan that’s been created by staff and the local working group, so once this is completed that will be done in that area.
“There’s plenty of other work to be done in Waterdown,” he added, but didn’t provide details on upcoming traffic calming projects. “I just know Waterdown’s a very busy location.”
According to Partridge, on area of concern is Mill Street North.
“I am being asked by parents of kids at Mary Hopkins to look at safety options for that end of Mill Street,” she said, noting that speed humps north of the intersection at John Street been raised as an option. The speed limit has already been reduced to 40 km/h on Mill Street, from Dundas Street to Parkside Drive.
Ferguson noted that lawn signs, which read Slow Down/Safety Zone are now available to residents through the local councillor’s office, and many have popped up in Waterdown recently. He also indicated that once provincial Bill 65 comes into effect, the default speed limit on all city roadways will be reduced to 40 km/h from the current 50 km/h.