Major changes to busy road could become permanent in Mississauga

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Published March 8, 2024 at 4:05 pm

Changes to busy road in Mississauga could become permanent.
Changes to Aquitaine Avenue in Mississauga as part of a pilot project could become permanent. (Photo: City of Mississauga)

Dramatic changes to a busy street in Mississauga’s north end brought about by a road safety pilot project could become permanent, say city officials who are now taking their plans to residents for feedback.

The Aquitaine Avenue Road Safety Pilot Project, which reduced a section of the busy four-lane road in Meadowvale to three lanes as of last summer in an effort to make it safer and reduce speeding, is among a number of road safety improvement initiatives taking place across the city.

Changes to the major road, which also include the addition of dedicated bicycle lanes, left-turn lanes and parking spaces, have garnered significant attention from area residents.

Members of the public can attend any of four information pop-ups starting on Saturday (March 9) to learn more about the project and provide feedback to City of Mississauga officials.

Officials say they’ll gather public feedback while monitoring the impact of the pilot study throughout 2024 “to inform a permanent future road reconstruction.”

The traffic calming pilot altered a lengthy stretch of Aquitaine Avenue in several ways in an effort to make it safer for everyone, city officials said.

It focused on changing the four lanes to three lanes to help increase the “comfort, accessibility and safety for all road users including cyclists, pedestrians and drivers,” they noted earlier in an online project description.

“This traffic calming measure will help reduce speeding on the roadway by narrowing the road and help keep traffic at a slower speed. As part of the pilot, on-road protected bike lanes, dedicated vehicle parking lanes and a dedicated centre/left turn lane (were) added on various sections of Aquitaine Avenue.”

The changes were implemented on Aquitaine Avenue between Tenth Line West in west Meadowvale and Millcreek Drive, by the Meadowvale GO station.

One section of the busy roadway passes by Meadowvale Town Centre, where both pedestrian and vehicle traffic are heavy.

Ward 9 Coun. Martin Reid said last month he’s heard from many residents and wants to continue getting their feedback on the pilot project.

Tomorrow’s pop-up is being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Meadowvale Community Centre. A second session will be hosted at the same venue next Wednesday (March 13) from 2 to 7 p.m.

The other two pop-up sessions will take place at Meadowvale Town Centre, on March 16 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and March 20 (2 to 7 p.m.).

City officials say two additional public information sessions are planned for spring and fall this year.

Map shows Aquitaine Avenue, between Tenth Line West and Millcreek Drive.

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