Truck Traffic and Speeding in the Village
Truck traffic through the village and vehicular speeding are a concern to residents and to us at MVCA.
It is an issue we continue to work on with the City and our Councillor.
MVCA has been made aware of construction vehicles speeding on Bridgeport Avenue. We have been in contact with both Minto and the City regarding this issue. In addition to addressing the speed concerns, Minto will monitor and inform tradespeople that they are required to use the Century Road entrance to the work site.
Message from MVCA President, Grace Thrasher
Although we have been successful in getting the installation of the speed boards and a reduction in speed to 40 kmh on Bridge Street and Main Street, as well as a stop light at Bridge and Dickinson to make it easier for seniors to cross Bridge Street, we continue to deal with increasing truck traffic and wide load trucks that hang over the sidewalk and cut the northeast and south east corners at Bridge and Main endangering the lives of pedestrians.
Every year, we present submissions calling for implementation of solutions to reduce the truck traffic including addressing safety issues for pedestrians at the corner of Bridge and Main Street with the installation of bollards, moving forward with the Multi-use pathway on the south side of Bridge Street, and installing radar cameras on Bridge Street.
Our last submission for Budget 2021 resulted in the following response from City staff to reducing truck traffic by removing the truck route designation:
“Unfortunately, the City is unable to remove this link from the truck route network without first undertaking a comprehensive study to determine the impacts on the greater network. Changes of this magnitude can only be accomplished as part of a broader review of the overall Truck Route Policy at the Transportation Master Plan level.”
Although we can continue to lobby for the removal of Bridge Street as a truck route, it would require Council approval for a study of truck volumes. In the meantime, we continue to put forward this request as part of City consultations on budget and transportation.
The MVCA is also working with Councillor Moffatt to support a pilot project on ways to reduce the volume of trucks travelling across Bridge St. by implementing time of day or size of truck restrictions. For example, the volume of trucks is higher in off-peak hours when the number of pedestrians increase on our sidewalks. This project is in addition to ongoing discussions about instituting more safety measures at the intersection of Bridge and Main to prevent longer and wider trucks from cutting that corner, causing a safety issue for pedestrians. The City has indicated they will be reviewing this issue as part of the Pedestrian Safety Program.
We have already provided the City staff with studies that show the detrimental impact that truck traffic has on the health of residents living on or near to truck routes and have also noted the need to consider the impact of industrial development in rural areas as this increases the volume of trucks driving through rural villages. And we will continue to do so at every opportunity.
Earl Armstrong Road Extension EA 20 Mar /19 report from MVCA Board Member, John Harrison
On Mar 20, I attended the above meeting intended for community associations and those directly affected by the proposed extension.
In attendance were myself, Bruce Lindsay from the Riverside Community Association , Carol Ann Meahan, Councillor and two families directed affected by the proposed extension to Hawthorne Rd.
The following items are of note :
The EA is based on the Master Transportation Plan which calls for east -west extension of Earl Armstrong only to Hawthorne Rd. This extension is not budgeted until 2031 unless council directs otherwise.
There are two studies that indicating that the trucks from the proposed waste disposal site at Boundary Rd won’t use this extension of Earl Armstrong as it is too far south. It is the city’s view that any future extension of Earl Armstrong will end at 417 north of Boundary Rd . Thus these trucks will use Mitch Owens. I’ve asked for copies of these two studies which I will share.
The MVCA along with Councillor Moffatt need to get confirmation in writing that trucks from the proposed waste disposal site will avoid going through Manotick.
The MVCA continue to monitor this EA and once we receive these studies mentioned above, determine their validity.