Aberdeen Avenue – Update on Safety Measures and Statement by Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko

John-Paul Danko Ward 8 Hamilton City Councillor

Hello, Ward 8 Neighbours!

On Monday, June 17th, 2019 the Director of Transportation Operations and Maintenance for the City of Hamilton brought forward a report to the Public Works Committee outlining staff recommendations for proposed safety measures on Aberdeen Avenue from Queen Street to Longwood Road.

These recommendations were approved by the Public Works Committee in a vote of 7 to 2.

For a full statement by Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko, please continue reading below.

Aberdeen Avenue – Update on Safety Measures and Statement by Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko

Vision Zero

In February of this year, Hamilton City Council unanimously approved the Vision Zero Action Plan (2019-2025) with one simple and clear goal: ZERO fatalities or serious injuries on roadways.

Collision Data

In the past 10 years there have been 466 collisions on Aberdeen Avenue resulting in a collision rate that is 4.7 times higher than the industry standard for identifying an area of concern.

Ward 8 Traffic

Throughout Ward 8, residents often reference traffic and speeding as their two top concerns. Hamilton has seen significant growth which has amplified concerns about traffic and speeding City-wide.

It is important to recognize that Beckett Drive (the Queen Street Hill) and Aberdeen Avenue are critical transportation corridors that connect Ward 8 residents and businesses to the 403.

Aberdeen Avenue is also an important connection for students, patients and staff at both Mohawk College and St. Joe’s West 5th Campus who commute from out of town.

As the Ward 8 Councillor, this presents me and our community with a practical and ethical dilemma.

How do we balance the need for Ward 8 residents to access the west end of our City and the 403 via Beckett Drive and Aberdeen Avenue and the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan to create safer streets for everyone?

Recommended Safety Improvements and Traffic Implications

The only significant change City Traffic Engineers recommend for Aberdeen Avenue (from it’s current configuration) is the allowance of parking on both the north and south sides in order to reduce speeding and provide a buffer between moving vehicles and pedestrians on the sidewalk.

Parking will still be prohibited in close proximity to intersections and transit stops and signal timing will be optimized to promote traffic flow.

It is also important to note that Queen Street will be converted to two-way traffic to Main Street later this year and then extended to King Street next year. These changes are anticipated to provide vehicles with alternative routes to access the north/west end of the City and the 403.

Through an amending motion that I successfully moved at the Public Works Committee, our City Traffic Engineers will report back with an evaluation of these safety measures and any recommendations for changes.

Council Vote

As the Ward 8 Councillor, I believe I have an ethical obligation to follow through with our Vision Zero Action Plan by supporting the proposed safety improvements for Aberdeen Avenue. As a professional Civil Engineer myself, I took an oath that obligates me to consider duty to public welfare as paramount.

I appreciate that any changes to Aberdeen Avenue will directly impact Ward 8 residents and I will work to ensure that these impacts will be closely monitored and minimized – if changes or revisions are required, I will work to ensure they are made.

Questions or Concerns?

You can read a copy of the full staff recommendations for proposed safety measures on Aberdeen Avenue from Queen Street to Longwood Road.

If you have any questions you can contact our office here.