City moves for­ward on trans­porta­tion plan

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS - JOELLE KO­VACH EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER joelle.ko­[email protected] pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

The city took a step on Mon­day to­ward a new trans­porta­tion mas­ter plan that will delve into ev­ery as­pect of get­ting around Peter­bor­ough for the next 20 years — in­clud­ing whether The Park­way ex­ten­sion can even­tu­ally go for­ward.

At a com­mit­tee meet­ing on Mon­day, councillor­s gave pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval to start the search for a con­sul­tant to write the plan.

A re­quest-for-pro­posal process will be launched in Jan­uary, if the plan gets fi­nal ap­proval at a coun­cil meet­ing Dec. 9; the idea would be to hire a con­sul­tant to get started by April.

The plan would not be ex­pected done un­til Novem­ber 2021 (fol­low­ing what a new city staff re­port calls “broad public con­sul­ta­tion”).

The re­port is ex­pected to pre­scribe all the city’s road im­prove­ments, new fa­cil­i­ties and poli­cies for the next two decades at least.

Coun. Henry Clarke said he’s de­ter­mined that the plan won’t sit on a shelf gath­er­ing dust once it’s writ­ten.

“For once, let’s ac­tu­ally fol­low the re­sults of a mas­ter trans­porta­tion plan,” he said.

The city’s mas­ter trans­porta­tion plan hasn’t been up­dated since 2012, states the staff re­port — and back then, pop­u­la­tion fore­casts pre­dicted Peter­bor­ough would have 88,000 peo­ple by 2031.

But ac­cord­ing to Sta­tis­tics Canada, Peter­bor­ough’s pop­u­la­tion had al­ready ex­ceeded 84,000 by 2017.

The mas­ter trans­porta­tion plan is ex­pected to draw in­for­ma­tion from a se­ries of other stud­ies that are al­ready un­der­way, such as a re­view of the city’s tran­sit system, a cy­cling net­work study and an east side trans­porta­tion study.

Coun­cil has al­ready ap­proved a bud­get of $900,000 for the trans­porta­tion mas­ter plan, but on Mon­day councillor­s will be asked to take an ad­di­tional $225,000 from re­serves to potentiall­y put to­ward the project in case ex­tra money is needed along the way.

Edge­wa­ter Boule­vard

Speed limit con­cerns in a wa­ter­front neigh­bour­hood were also dis­cussed at coun­cil Mon­day.

The speed limit is go­ing to be re­duced soon along Edge­wa­ter Boule­vard in East City, and park­ing re­stric­tions will go in ef­fect in cer­tain places spots the boule­vard as well.

On Mon­day, city councillor­s gave pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval to re­duce the speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h along Edge­wa­ter Blvd. be­tween Maria Street and Wal­lace Street.

A city staff re­port also rec­om­mended no park­ing near the CP Rail bridge or on the curve where the emer­gency ac­cess road­way con­nects with Edge­wa­ter Boule­vard, and councillor­s ap­proved that too.

A rat­i­fi­ca­tion vote is needed at a coun­cil meet­ing Dec. 9.

City staff rec­om­mended these mea­sures be taken due to poor vis­i­bil­ity along the boule­vard. The sit­u­a­tion was brought to city staff’s at­ten­tion af­ter res­i­dents pe­ti­tioned for park­ing re­stric­tions, ear­lier this year.

Edge­wa­ter Boule­vard is the only ac­cess route in and out of a neigh­bour­hood known as Burn­ham Point.

The city staff re­port states there’s been three re­ported col­li­sions on Edge­wa­ter in the last four years.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

The speed limit is go­ing to be re­duced soon along Edge­wa­ter Boule­vard and park­ing re­stric­tions will go in ef­fect as well.

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