Upper James Street to get floral planters for pedestrian-friendly roadway project

This article, from September 21, contains more information on the introduction of floral planters along the northern portion of Upper James St.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

As mentioned in the last newsletter, Upper James Street will be installing floral planters for a more pedestrian-friendly roadway.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Flowers will be a new sight along Upper James Street in the near future, as Councillor Danko and City staff have found a happy medium to bring a little colour (and pedestrian protection) along the busy stretch of Upper James, which has seen an increase in pedestrian foot traffic thanks to the Jay Keddy Trail.

As the Hamilton News reported earlier today, the city will spend about $16,000 to install 32 floral planters along Upper James Street, between Fennell Avenue and Claremont Access. It will also cost about $6,400 in annual maintenance costs for the flowers. The capital funding will be taken from the Ward 8 special capital re-investment fund.

Councillor Danko told Hamilton News that the planters will improve the aesthetics of Upper James, while also creating a physical separation between pedestrians on the sidewalks and the vehicles speeding along the roadway. He told Hamilton News that the goal of the planters is to “help transition” this section of Upper James into a streetscape that is “much more appealing and accommodating to pedestrians.”

Staff had discussed installing trees along Upper James to create a buffer for pedestrians, but it wasn’t an option according to Councillor Danko due to the lack of space and the infrastructure currently found under that section of Upper James St.

Danko told Hamilton News that since the opening of the Keddy Access Trail, there have been an increase in the number of pedestrians using area streets to use the popular facility.

Hamilton News reports that the floral planters are part of a long-term project that the councillor has been involved in and that council approved in 2020 to remake Upper James into a pedestrian-friendly environment.

Other proposals for the roadway include new pedestrian signals at Upper James Street and Brucedale Avenue; removing the pedestrian signal at Upper James Street at Churchill Avenue/Duff Street and replacing it with a traffic signal on Upper James Street at Queensdale; and removing the red light camera and signalization at Upper James Street at Brantdale Avenue. Councillor Danko has also used his Ward 8 area budget to pay for sidewalk and asphalt repairs.

Hamilton News reports that staff have also started studies for the A-line priority bus corridor and ultimately the Bus Rapid Transit Corridor, at a cost of about $550,000, that will examine the roadway from the waterfront to the airport and other pedestrian and streetscape improvements.

The total cost for the pedestrian enhancements for the street is over $1.06 million.

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