Leasiders pro­pose Jer­sey bar­ri­ers for Bayview

Midtown Post - - News - — GS

Af­ter a two-year in­ves­ti­ga­tion into curb­ing non­res­i­den­tial traf­fic on the com­mu­nity’s streets, the North Lea­side Traf­fic Com­mit­tee (NLTC) has rec­om­mended a year-long trial mea­sure of plac­ing con­crete bar­ri­ers at the Bayview Av­enue en­trances of Glen­vale Boule­vard, Broad­way Av­enue and Craig Cres­cent.

“The com­mit­tee has found a so­lu­tion that is both fair and ef­fec­tive,” said lo­cal coun­cil­lor Jon Burn­side, who has com­mis­sioned a sur­vey for res­i­dents to fill out, with re­sults ex­pected by the end of June.

Dur­ing a town hall meet­ing in May, NLTC chair­per­son Jon Gai­tanakis raised the pro­posal aimed at eas­ing the com­mu­nity’s traf­fic woes, which have wors­ened with the con­struc­tion of the Laird light rail tran­sit (LRT) sta­tion on Eglin­ton Av­enue East. If sur­vey re­sults in­di­cate pub­lic ap­proval, an of­fi­cial poll will be taken and brought be­fore city of­fi­cials.

“Ninety-nine per cent of us agree traf­fic is a prob­lem,” said Gai­tanakis, cit­ing a 2015 sur­vey. “Ninety-five per cent of us are con­cerned about our safety, and 84 per cent [say] it af­fects our qual­ity of life.”

Al­though the pro­posal has been warmly re­ceived by most Leasiders, one is hold­ing off on her ap­plause. Carol Bur­ton Fripp, co-pres­i­dent of the Lea­side Prop­erty Own­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, who has been cam­paign­ing for traf­fic-calm­ing mea­sures since the 1970s, knows the best-laid plans of­ten have un­in­tended out­comes.

“It is im­por­tant to take the whole com­mu­nity into ac­count. We don’t want to just move the prob­lem else­where,” said Bur­ton Fripp.

Al­though the LRT con­struc­tion will con­tinue un­til 2021 and will leave Eglin­ton thin­ner by one lane, Burn­side said that the con­crete slabs, called Jer­sey bar­ri­ers, will not last be­yond the trial pe­riod.

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