Date announced for Hamilton’s Red Hill Valley Parkway Inquiry after safety controversy

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Published March 30, 2022 at 11:44 am

Date announced for Hamilton's Red Hill Valley Parkway Inquiry after safety controversy
A date has been set for the Red Hill Valley Parkway Inquiry, which was called by the City of Hamilton after a 2013 report involving the parkway's safety.

The Red Hill Valley Parkway Inquiry, which was called by the City of Hamilton to investigate matters related to a 2013 friction report involving the parkway, will begin its public hearings on Apr. 25, 2022.

They will be held virtually, and the public will have access to view the proceedings through the Inquiry’s YouTube channel. A recording and transcript of each day’s proceedings will also be made available through the Inquiry’s website: rhvpi.ca

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The inquiry was ordered in 2019 after a damning report about the RHVP’s safety revealed that, for over five years, the city never informed the public about a Nov. 2013 report from Tradewind Scientific that found “nearly all areas of the (RHVP) have friction values below or well below” the recommended level, creating a safety hazard for motorists.

The inquiry will be conducted in two phases.

Phase 1 is expected to run from April. 25, 2022, into August. It will focus on questions of fact relating to the construction of the RHVP, friction testing conducted by Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation on the RHVP, consultant and staff reports on the RHVP, and the discovery and public release of the report on friction testing.

Phase 2 is expected to start in fall 2022. It will focus on expert evidence looking at how friction and other factors contributed to motor vehicle accidents on the RHVP, and policy and governance issues at the City of Hamilton that arise from the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference.

 

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