A Traffic Fix is Coming for Preston

February 11, 2010 at 12:16 am Leave a comment

This is an update from a previous post regarding the Shantz Hill and Fountain Street intersection.

Options under discussion include a roundabout in front of the empty Preston Springs Gardens and road widenings. Whatever is picked as a “preferred option” will go to a public meeting in the spring, said Wayne Cheater, the Waterloo Region engineering group overseeing a $200,000 study. A meeting date hasn’t been set.

The region has $2.5 million set aside in 2013 for road work in the area. According to Cheater, “the historic properties constrain us. The slopes are still there. The river is there. The railway is there.” This is obviously a dilemma, and will take some very imaginative designs to make this area work. From 2003 to 2007, regional staff say 202 collisions were reported in the study area. That’s more than double the 79 traffic computer models predict should have happened if there weren’t problems.

At the northeast corner, Faisal Susiwala proposes a commercial-condominum-hotel project on the former site of the Kress hotel. He was unavailable Tuesday to comment on the status of the project. Kitty corner is the historic Preston Springs Gardens, which has sat vacant for two decades after it closed as a retirement home. Aborted redevelopment plans ended up in legal spat that’s taken years to sort out. No plans are imminent for the landmark building, said Alan Hodge, a spokesperson for redevelopment there.

Source: TheRecord.com and Region of Waterloo

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