Two-way street wor­ries some on John Street N.

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

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.

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“It’s not like we’re keep­ing peo­ple in the dark,” said Coun. Ja­son Farr.

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