NORTH PERTH – North Perth is extending the survey for their transportation master plan (TMP) changes to July 26. Additionally, the municipality hosted a second public meeting regarding the plan on July 12, so that residents that missed the first meeting on June 15 could attend, raise concerns, or ask questions.
The information presented pertains to the one-way block trial on Wallace Avenue South and the Commercial Truck Bypass Plan. No additional information was put forward.
The one-way block trial on Wallace produced interesting findings, which North Perth council will review. The trial benefitted flow through the Main Street/Wallace Avenue intersection and queues were reduced. There continues to be delays for traffic travelling from south Listowel to the north and although some on-street parking was returned, some remains removed. Although the all-way stop at Wallace Avenue and Elma Street works well, traffic on Elma and other side streets increased.
The TMP study investigated the efficacy of a truck bypass plan that aims to redirect commercial trucks making non-local deliveries away from the downtown core. Paradigm Transportation Solutions Limited (PTSL) conducted the study on the bypass plan and is consulting the municipality.
They conducted studies regarding the number of trucks passing through, finding that over half the time, trucks remain in the core of Listowel and are making local deliveries.
PTSL Vice President and Chief Development Officer Gene Chartier says that the study videotaped stations at the four exit points and matched trucks that came in and out over a 12-hour period.
Chartier says it is conceivable that other times of the day might have different percentages – or that there were mistakes made in matching trucks. Furthermore, some trucks might have left town at other points. Overall, they believe it is a fairly representative sample of the trucks that come in and out of the city.
The proposed plan has detailed possible routes for the bypass – on Line 84 and Perth Road 147 to Line 86 and Line 87 to Road 65 and Road 149. The investment into the bypass will be more than signage and enforcement, as Chartier said.
“In all likelihood, it will be a bigger investment,” he clarified at the public meeting on June 15. “Because not all of the roads are up to a standard that can regularly accommodate trucks. This is really to set the foundations for a future plan of improvements. If at the end of the day we end up with one of the routes that is showing, then part of the implementation plan will be to say ‘you need to reconstruct this road from this leg to this standard.’ But since we haven’t decided where it’s going to go yet, we can’t. We don’t have that ability to say exactly which roads need to be upgraded or where.”
The TMP report will be prepared for North Perth council’s consideration later this summer, though no date is set.
Manager of Operations Lyndon Kowch was present at the most recent July 12 meeting. He said that since the first meeting, the municipality has received around 70 respondents to their survey. The full presentation, as well as the survey, can be found at www.northperth.ca/en/our-community/construction-projects.aspx?_mid_=23426.
Connor Luczka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner