Traffic light to be installed on Erie Avenue

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Community concerns are prompting the installation of a traffic light on Erie and Ninth Avenues.

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The city council earlier approved a series of measures to reduce speed and heavy traffic on Erie, proposed over the next two years at a cost of about $640,000. These plans include new signals at intersections, reduced speed limits and the creation of pedestrian crossings.

But at an operations committee meeting this week, the adviser. Brian VanTilborg received unanimous support to expedite the installation of a traffic light in Erie and Ninth at an estimated cost of $240,000, with funding coming from the city’s road allowance.

Approval is required at a future board meeting.

The main concerns raised by residents of Eagle Place are the high traffic volumes and speeding on Erie Avenue which makes it difficult to access properties and side streets, and the lack of crossing points for pedestrians south of Salisbury Avenue.

Other changes planned to improve the situation are: installation of a northbound “Slow Down” sign on Erie at the southern city limits; future traffic control at Birkett Lane; converting the Salisbury Avenue pedestrian signal to a full traffic signal; removal of street bike lanes between Birkett Lane and Cayuga Street and creation of a double left turn lane; reduce speed limits on residential roads to 40 km/h and school zones on residential roads to 30 km/h.

The study includes public transport needs in industrial areas

Changes to bus service needed to transport workers to and from their jobs in new industrial developments will be considered in the 2023 Transit Optimization Study.

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Com. John Utley received unanimous support at the city’s operations committee meeting on Tuesday for the Director of Fleet and Transit to continue working with employees of Hershey Canada Inc. and other new industry developments to determine their transit needs.

A new Hershey warehouse is located at Oak Park and Hardy roads and is expected to employ approximately 100 people. Utley said the development of homes and industries in the Northwest Business Park area requires access to public transit services.

There are currently no bus stops located near the entrance to Hershey or other industrial developments in the area. As an interim solution devised by city staff, a Brantford Lift bus took workers from the Hardy Road bus stop to the Hershey warehouse.

“A lot of people working in this area don’t have a car,” Utley said. “They earn just above minimum wage. We need to make it as convenient as possible for people.

Com. John Sless said the problem will continue to worsen as up to four families a week move into the area.

“It is our responsibility to maintain it,” he said.

Cricketers need a place, adviser says

Cricketers need a place of their own, says Coun. Rose Sicoli.

She received support at Tuesday’s meeting of the city’s operations committee for staff to seek temporary and permanent locations where cricket can be played and equipment could be stored.

There are currently three cricket leagues in Brantford which primarily play at Waterworks Park on a ground which is also used for soccer and baseball. There are no dedicated cricket facilities in the city.

In his resolution, Sicoli said cricket was recognized as the fastest growing sport in Canada in 2021, with more than 40,000 players across the country.

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