Draft plan would add 11th Concession, Milburough Line
Mac ChristieFlamborough ReviewWednesday, July 7, 2021
Flamborough residents in the area of 11th Concession East and Milburough Line are raising their opposition to a proposal to turn the two rural roads into truck routes.
The existing truck route utilizes Centre Road with access to Highway 6 from Campbellville Road, which would remain a truck route. The proposal is to make 11th Concession Road East and Milburough Line a truck route to Derry Road, while Carlisle Road and a section of Milburough Line would be changed from a permanent truck route to a truck route from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Greg Ryan, who is part of a group of residents opposed to the proposed truck route, said he feels the proposed changes to 11th Concession and Milburough Line that are part of the city-wide Truck Route Master Plan, have not been properly researched.
“Our view is the 11th Concession has limited sightlines, narrow bridges, a blind intersection. Milburough Line is a serpentine road that weaves through heritage trees. Putting heavy truck traffic on these roads, to us, is a ridiculous concept,” he said.
Ryan, who lives on Stonebury Place off of 11th Concession East, added he doesn’t understand why the city would spend millions of dollars to make the roads passable for trucks, which will mean expropriating land and widening bridges.
“We have existing, designated truck routes, so why spend literally millions of dollars to make changes to two rural roads, when Hamilton is running a massive infrastructure deficit?”
Speaking at a June 24 virtual public meeting about the plan, City of Hamilton project manager Omar Shams said work on the plan has been ongoing since 2019. He said the current truck routes — for vehicles up to 11,000 kilograms — were established as part of the 2010 Truck Route Master Plan and the city’s 2018 Transportation Master Plan identified a need for a review of the truck routes.
Shams said some of the reasons for the updates include new city policies, network connectivity issues, growth and new employment areas requiring access to efficiently move goods and area-specific concerns.
However, he stressed the presented truck route network is a draft.
“It is being recommended based on the preliminary findings of the network evaluation,” he said. “It is subject to change and the change will be based on your feedback.”
Lisa Clarkson, who lives on 11th Concession, said everything from the width of the road to the blind driveways and pedestrian traffic make the 11th Concession a poor location for a truck route.
“It’s not a place for trucks.”
Ward 15 Coun. Judi Partridge, who lived on the 11th Concession in the past, said she is “disappointed” the rural road and Milburough Line were included in the draft plan.
“It’s very disheartening to me to see that,” she said, adding 11th Concession is a particularly dangerous choice as there is no stop light at Highway 6 and the intersection is already extremely dangerous. “Neither (11th Concession or Milburough Line) is acceptable.”
Ryan said the group, which has started a website and Instagram account to raise awareness, sent out a letter to the community and is asking residents to register any concerns prior to July 9, when public comments on the proposed routes was slated to close. The deadline has now been extended to July 25.
Feedback on the proposed plan will be collected this summer and used to prepare a draft Truck Route Master Plan, which will go to the Truck Route Subcommittee this fall. There will then be 30 days for the public to again review the report.
For more information on the Truck Route Master Plan or to submit feedback, visit www.engage.hamilton.ca/TRMP. For information about the group opposed to the 11th Concession truck route proposal, visit www.11th-Milburough.ca.