Further to our discussions, I am writing to you to express the views of the Board of the Hunt Club Community Organization (HCCO) with respect to the issue of a new traffic light on Hunt Club Road just east of Riverside Drive. There are several points which I wish to bring to your attention.
First, I wish to thank you for bringing the issue of a new traffic light to our attention as we would have been unaware of it had you not called and asked for a meeting to advise us on what was proposed by the developer. You were very gracious in meeting us at night on your time so that we could be briefed shortly after you found out about the development. Your candid approach has been helpful to the Board and the community and we appreciate it.
Secondly, I want to advise you that the Hunt Club Community Organization unanimously passed the following resolution at its meeting 1 June 2009:
"In view of the fact that no new traffic lights were described as part of the proposed zoning of 300 Hunt Club, that the proposed traffic lights on Hunt Club Road just east of Riverside Drive be disallowed because of the major disruption of traffic on Hunt Club."
With respect to this resolution, I wish to bring several points to your attention:
I hope you find our comments helpful. We very much appreciate your continued efforts in working with us to build a better community.
I am writing to you to express the views of the Board of the Hunt Club Community Organization (HCCO) with respect to the installation of new traffic signals on Hunt Club Road just east of Riverside Drive.
With respect to the proposed traffic signals at 300 Hunt Club Road, the HCCO has met city staff and Councilor McRae to review the rationale and to state our concerns for the installation of the proposed traffic signals. Subsequently, we have continued to discuss the issue with residents and have continued to receive their support for the position we have taken. We note that the city is going ahead with the installation of the traffic signals with funds provided by the developer. My understanding is that the intersection does not yet meet the provincial warrants and that this may not occur for several years. Indeed, there is no agreed estimate of when the warrant might be reached.
The HCCO remains opposed to the installation of the proposed traffic signals for the reasons outlined in our letter to Councilor McRae of June 19, 2009. Moreover, we strongly urge the city to work with the Airport Authority and other developers to ensure that there are no additional traffic signals installed on this section of Hunt Club Road. Since Hunt Club Road is the only remaining east-west transportation link south of the Queensway in the city, we also encourage the city to work with other developers so that no additional traffic signals are installed on this major east-west corridor.
If the city is required to install traffic signals in each case that provincial warrant conditions are met, we are concerned that the ability of the city to manage traffic flow may be jeopardized. The bottlenecks which are occurring on Hunt Club Road are caused, in part, by the addition of traffic signals which slow the traffic to a halt at peak hours. The installation of additional traffic lights will accomplish little more than institutionalize gridlock, encourage the running of red and yellow lights, and increase the frustration of drivers. The city must look for better solutions.