Ward 8 Complete Streets Report Released

This article, from November 5, has background on the unveiling of the Ward 8 Complete Streets draft report and next steps for the community as we move towards safer, inclusive and family-friendly streets.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

On November 4, members of the Ward 8 community joined Councillor Danko, WSP traffic consultants and City staff for the release of the Ward 8 Complete Streets Report and recommended changes to residential roads in Ward 8 to help promote safety and reduce speed.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Ward 8 Complete Streets Background

The Ward 8 Complete Streets Report is one of the most comprehensive neighbourhood traffic safety initiatives ever undertaken in Hamilton (details: https://ward8hamilton.ca/transformative-road-safety-improvements-coming-to-ward-8-neighbourhoods/ ).

After significant discussion with City staff, the project was initiated by Councillor John-Paul Danko in the fall of 2020 as a way to address resident concerns about transportation safety from a systemic approach ward-wide.

“Traffic safety has been a top priority for Ward 8 residents since I was elected. To address these concerns it was very important for me to find a comprehensive approach that would improve traffic safety for all residents throughout the ward. I am very happy to be able to share these proposed safety improvements with Ward 8 residents, and as we finalize implementation, I am looking forward to hearing feedback from each and every neighbourhood.”

Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko, P. Eng.

Following months of community consultation, including the Ward 8 Complete Streets Survey, and comprehensive traffic safety engineering evaluation, City staff and consulting engineers from WSP Canada are pleased to present their findings and recommendations from the Ward 8 Complete Streets Report.

The scope of the project is specifically focused on improving safety and operations along residential and collector streets in Ward 8 (arterial roads are not part of this project and are currently part of the ongoing Complete Livable Better Streets Design Manual Project).

Implementation and Construction

The Ward 8 Complete Streets Report is expected to be finalized in the winter of 2022.

Once the recommendations are finalized, Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko will bring a motion to Council to allocate up to $1.5 million dollars from the Ward 8 area rating reserve to immediately implement as much of the recommended work as possible, starting in the summer 2022 construction season.

Complete Streets Draft Report Results

The entire Ward 8 Complete Streets Draft Report can be downloaded here.

The following are individual slides from the presentations – each neighbourhood is separated into it’s own slide for your review and comments.

Next Steps

Starting November 8, WSP and the City will be rolling out trial measures in the various neighbourhoods impacted by the study. This will allow the consultants and City staff to observe the impacts of the new measures and continue its engagement with the community.

As reiterated during the November 4 presentation, residents are encouraged to provide feedback about the installations and to indicate any new problems that may arise. Residents are invited to email the team via Complete Streets Report for Ward 8 | Engage Hamilton page or email us directly at the Ward 8 office, ward8@hamilton.ca, and we will pass along your observations to the WSP team and appropriate City staff.

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.