Hamiltonians get another chance to weigh in truck route review

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Published July 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm

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A city councillor in Hamilton has arranged for another meeting to discuss the contentious proposed changes to Hamilton’s truck route master plan.

A meeting on June 24 was extended to due to heavy attendance, but many people unable to ask questions of the city representatives overseeing the review. Ward 11 City Councillor Brenda Johnson, whose ward is in the rural Glanbrook area, has arranged for another 2½-hour presentation/question-and-answer session. The meeting is on July 7 on 5:30 p.m. and registration is through Webex; questions will focus on changes in the Dickerson Road area.

Hamilton is in the second round of public and stakeholder consultation on a 10-year review of its truck route master plan, which can be looked over at engage.hamilton.ca/trmp

The recommended changes include the possibility of ‘daytime-only’ routes, where heavy trucks would only be allowed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.. At the meeting last week, several questions focused on why downtown streets were open to trucks, and why double-length trucks would be allowed to pass through the city’s congested downtown.

Dr. John Neary, a Hamilton doctor, challenged Coun. Jason Farr to hold a similar session for his constituents in Ward 2. Recently, Farr did pass a motion instructing city staff to prepare a report on why heavy trucks had been permitted to take a detour through residential areas while a portion of Wellington Street North was closed for repairs.

The truck route master plan was last revised in 2010. Information from the June 24 meeting is available on the city’s YouTube channel.

(Cover photo courtesy City of Hamilton.)

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