DVP should have been the model
RE: Another reason for accidents on the parkway (July 26)
The writer makes a valid and accurate point regarding the prolonged curvature heading west at the top of the unbound lane. But that and the wrong type of pavement does not rest alone. The entire highway was misconfigured from the outset.
Excavating the entire route from top to bottom was a major oversight, which presented no other alternative than to configure it to a swerving snake-shaped artery sloped both ways from entry to exit. Driving skill is regularly put to the ultimate test on such an artery, especially with the majority of drivers exceeding the posted speed limit.
Add the convoy of slower entering transport trucks, which have to hold lower gear on a slope and there becomes an obstacle in the making, impatient drivers continually darting in and out of them at random. Introduce the inclement weather conditions and the challenge to safety becomes further accentuated.
In 1969, the Don Valley Parkway was introduced and acclaimed as a marvel. It runs atop a lower valley, similar to our local RHVP.
Where were the conceptual minds so many years later when the design concept over the Red Hill was initiated? Why did we stoop so low? It could have and should have been a copy of the DVP and the losses we suffered may have been spared. Frank Gallo, Ancaster