Traffic Problems in Cambridge, *sigh*

May 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Once again, the intersection of Shantz Hill and Fountain Street are being scrutinized and studied by the Region.

Study Area

A public meeting was held April 23, 2009 to gather input from local residents and businesses that would be impacted in the study. According to senior project manager, Wayne Cheater, “This is the oldest community in Cambridge and it has many constraints. There is the river and natural environment to consider, along with the slopes and grades. There is also a range of different land uses.” The King Street/Shantz Hill Road corridor is ranked third in terms of the city’s biggest traffic challenge. Cheater said the project is in its infancy and there are no preferred options. Everything is being considered.

This would be a very interesting project, as it is very complex and has so many constraints associated with it. The study and design process will take quite awhile to figure out plans that would please pedestrians, bicyclists, automobiles, residents and business owners alike. An idea to build a new bridge across the Speed River at the foot of Shantz Hill was met with some hesitation. But, according to Cheater, “Once you cross the river there, you are not in a good place. First there is natural area, and you’d have to push the road into a residential neighbourhood.” This would just create more headaches.

More information about the study can be found on the Region’s website here

Source: CambridgeTimes.ca

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