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Hamilton truck traffic grinds residents’ gears; city councillor promises action

A tanker truck tries to traverse Mary Street in Hamilton. (Photo via Twitter/@whytock79.)

Ward 2 City Councillor Jason Farr is promising to look into why heavy tanker trucks and transports have been detouring through relatively narrow residential streets this week.

Wellington Street North, which runs through the ward Farr represents, is closed between Barton and Burlington Streets this week due to CN Rail construction. The one-way street is a heavily used connector between the north-end industrial area and Hamilton Mountain. Residents have said that they have spotted several trucks, that are presumably coming from making pickups in the industrial area in  the north end, making detours on streets that are not intended for heavy trucks.

On Tuesday, Farr wrote on his Twitter account that such detours “never should have happened,” adding that they contain “flaws … and no enforcement assurances.

The next public works meeting is scheduled for June 14.

One resident who contacted Farr through social media said that the transport drivers were getting stuck on Mary Street.

 

The rail construction, which is expected to be finished by the end of this week, has affected the entry points to a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Hamilton Health Sciences hospital campus at 293 Wellington St. N.; the city has provided alternative routes for anyone with an appointment.

Inner-city Hamilton residents have raised concerns about the effects of industrial trucks on the community for several years, citing noise and pollution issues. The city also has a truck route network that is intended to keep industrial trucks to major roads.

(Photo via Twitter/@whytock79.)

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