Richmond Road construction partial detour to Byron

10 06 2019

From the Office of Councillor Leiper:

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As I’ve been noting in the newsletter, there is urgent construction planned to repair the the water main on Richmond Road between Redwood and Fraser. This week, an open house was held at which the City made public its plan to divert eastbound traffic onto Byron for the project, which would likely take place from around the end of July to as late as November this year.

As shown in the attached display board (click the picture to embiggen), Richmond would become a westbound one-way, while eastbound traffic would be diverted to Byron (which would remain two-way).

Richmond cannot safely accomodate two-way traffic during the construction. While the width of the construction will actually be fairly narrow, the machinery needs room to work and two traffic lanes can’t be maintained through the corridor.

Eastbound buses will, as a consequence, be diverted as well (the 11 and 153).

My first concern is for pedestrian and cycling safety. I have taken the initial step of asking the City to consider crossing guards at the affected intersections to account for the higher level of traffic on Byron. Advisory cycling lanes were to be installed soon and those are being delayed until some time after the detour. While the MUP is available as a safe, segregated route for cyclists, I am evaluating whether or not there are additional measures we can request from the City and would be interested in hearing your suggestions and feedback.

 

http://kitchissippiward.ca/content/richmond-road-construction-partial-detour-byron

 


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