Two-way street worries some on John Street N.
The two-way conversion of John Street North from Strachan to Burlington streets later this month seems to be catching some residents off guard.
A series of tweets from one resident are aimed at Coun. Jason Farr. The person blasts the councillor for not ensuring residents had advance notice of the work. Work is scheduled to start at the end of August.
Farr has responded to many of the tweets as well, pointing out that in fact, plans have been in the works for some time and residents have had input.
One tweet complains that a twoway conversion will be unsafe for schoolchildren, will increase speeding and, especially, that the neighbourhood was not informed other than a sign posted on the street. A posting on the website Reddit on Wednesday claimed residents were given very little, and inadequate notice.
Farr admits there was no recent notice other than in the form of the sign, but says the plans to convert this section of John have been around for a long time under the North End Traffic Management Plan, a five-year pilot project introduced in 2013. The plan has had a lot of public input already, he added.
“It’s not like we’re keeping people in the dark,” he said. “I don’t think you’ll see a plan with as much input as the North End Plan.”
The plan aims to address neighbourhood concerns that included increased traffic and speeding. Measures include converting some one-way streets to two and installing curb extensions to slow vehicles down.
Farr said past conversions to two ways on other streets have meant slower traffic and fewer cars.
Still, Farr is planning a public meeting near the end of August, to clear up any further concerns.
“It’s not like we’re keeping people in the dark,” said Coun. Jason Farr.