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Safety & the Hammonds Plains Road

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  1. Safety & the Hammonds Plains Road Prepared by: Transportation Committee of the Greater Hammonds Plains Communities Association

  2. Some Facts

  3. Character of the Hammonds Plains Community • Single Residential units • Multiple Sub Divisions • Schools • Day Care Centres • Several Retail Commercial Plazas • Service Centres • Industrial & Heavy Equipment Firms

  4. Local Users- Trucks & Heavy Equipment • Traffic from Atlantic Acres Industrial park • Farmers Dairy • G & R Kelly Trucking & Excavation • Aberdeen Paving • Bergman Concrete • Giles Trucking • Pipe & Piling Supplies • Woodhaven R.V. Park • Veinot Machine & Welding- Soils/Mulch

  5. More Local Users -Trucks & Heavy Equipment • Glen Stone Trucking • Kynock Resources • Cape Cod – Wood Siding • Fire Station • A.W. Dean Equipment & Landscaping • Blue Barn Farms- firewood & logs These 15 local sources feed 6 km of the HPR Then add inbound and thru traffic • Uncontrolled portion is 70 km/hr • m /speed limit

  6. Rapid growth area • Several large pre-approved sub divisions yet to be developed • Existing sub-division(s) growing • Planned commercial centres - Retail plaza Glen Arbour; 2 at Kingswood Crossroads; Indian Band lands - both sides of H.P.R. • Hatfield Farms - restaurant

  7. Too many Collisions, Injuries & fatalities • 2003 - 68 collisions & 23 injuries • 2004 - 61 collisions,18 injuries,1 death • 2006 - 91 collisions, 29 injuries ,1 death • 2008 - 131 collisions,23 injuries,1 death • 2010 -148 collisions & 24 injuries • 2011 estimate 160 collisions,31 injuries • Now averaging 3 Collisions per week (Info based on reported accidents only)

  8. H.P.Road Designation Rural Arterial & Collector ? • TAC Rural Arterial>12,000 AADT • Traffic volume statistics: • Daily volume 13,500- 19,739 per day • Yearly traffic volume ranges up to 7,274,735 - Cars, Vans, Trucks & Heavy Equipment - Existing limits 80km/hr- to 70km/hr

  9. Narrow Road Width • H Plains Rd. 19 ft. 10 in. • Pockwock Rd. 23 ft. • Kearney Lake Rd. 27 ft 6 inches not inc bike lane • Almost every HP sub-divisions’ roads are 1-3 ft. Wider than H . P. Road • Road width prevents passing cyclists

  10. Usage & Users • Large portion of HPR- unlimited access Many types of users:- Commercial, Retail, School ;Industrial; Day Care; Churches; Garden Centres; Service stations; Convenience stores: Auto repair all located on the H.P. Road • Higher volume truck traffic adds to wear & tear ( X95) on both road & shoulders

  11. Basic Issues • Speed limits too high for combo of topography; narrow road, inadequate or no street lighting & volume • Excessive truck traffic • Lack of enforcement of local truck traffic by-laws & restrictions • Not enough storage lanes

  12. Basic Issues • Rutted shoulders- pedestrian & vehicle safety • Volume of traffic prohibits use of high beams

  13. Road & unpaved shoulders too narrow

  14. Both road & shoulders in unsafe condition for both drivers and pedestrians

  15. Would you want to walk along here?

  16. 8” drop

  17. Dangerous deep ditches

  18. Many blind crests at 70K

  19. Insufficient street lighting for conditions & traffic load Compare with Kearney Lake and Lucasville Roads they have 1 light per pole

  20. VARIOUS SOLUTIONS • Paving gravel-shoulders for pedestrians and cyclist safety- control run off • Reduce speed limits • Add street lighting-existing poles only • Add storage lanes where required

  21. Solutions continued • Enforcement of local truck by-law • Some road re-alignment required • Signalized intersections at high-volume /dangerous intersections • Roundabouts? • Selective use of warning signals

  22. Specific Problem Areas AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS

  23. HPR & Kearney Lake Road Solutions: • Storage lane needed • Treacherous hill in winter • Roundabout

  24. HPR & Lucasville Rd • Solutions West bound Rt turn lane Eastbound storage lane not long enough Roundabout?

  25. Entrance to Glen Arbour • Solutions: -Traffic lights Lower Speed (blind crest) Snow bank & signage blocks view

  26. Entrance to Peerless Subdivision • Solution: • Flashing caution signal • Reduced speed limit

  27. Atlantic Acres & Farmers • Solutions: • Reduce speed limit • Widen pavement

  28. Kingswood Crossroads

  29. Crestfield Drive – Uplands Park • Solutions: • Left hand storage lane W-bound • Improve shoulders for pedestrians

  30. Northwood Crossroads - Yankeetown • Solutions: • Need Crosswalk • Speed reduction • Re position stop signs • Flashing caution signal

  31. From Glen Arbour to Wallace Hill • Solutions: • Reduce speed limits Glen Arbour Way to Pockwock (50km?) • Crosswalk with lights

  32. Heavy Industry- Large trucks • Solutions: • Reduce speed limits

  33. Quick Fixes • Revise speed limits • Street Lighting • Flashing caution signals • Development moratorium • Create Park & Rides • Improve Bus Service

  34. Seeking long term solutions • The residents of the Hammonds Plains Communities ask our Municipality to systematically develop a multi year strategy to address the safety issues of this old neglected roadway. • Budget resources each year to provide permanent improvements.