Wool­wich nixes traf­fic is­lands

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

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.

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