Woolwich nixes traffic islands
Displeased with the troublesome pedestrian islands installed during the Region of Waterloo’s reconstruction of Church Street West in Elmira, the township wants nothing to do with them as the region prepares to reconstruct the eastern stretch of the same road.
Woolwich has made its opposition known repeatedly, but appear to be making no headway, notes Ward 1 Coun. Patrick Merlihan, who sits on an advisory committee for the project, slated to be done in 2019.
“It’s clear to me that they have little respect for the wishes of council and the people of the township,” he said at Tuesday night’s council meeting, seeking support from his colleagues to ramp up the opposition.
Coun. Mark Bauman noted he had a similar experience in the recent reconstruction of King Street in St. Jacobs, where the region pushed ahead with pedestrian islands despite the township’s concerns. Now, the islands are causing exactly the kind of problems that were predicted.
“My experience with the region has been one of frustration,” he said.
Director of engineering and planning Dan Kennaley noted the township has concerns about the structures impeding agricultural equipment, along with horse-drawn buggy traffic.
“Staff are of the view that pedestrian islands are not the best idea at this location.”
Councillors endorsed the idea of a resolution aimed at a political solution if regional staff continue to push for islands as part of the Church Street East project.