Increasing investment in Regional roads eases congestion and improves safety

Increasing investment in Regional roads eases congestion and improves safety

Release Date: Oct 2, 2013

Continuing investments in Halton’s transportation infrastructure is not only improving the commute for Halton residents, but also improving road safety.

Halton Region’s 2012 Transportation Services Progress Report, received by Regional Council on October 2, shows how a variety of programs including annual speed reviews, road safety audits, the red light camera program and expanding the Regional road network are helping to ensure Halton remains a safe community, while continuing to meet the transportation needs of its current and future residents and businesses.

“Ensuring Halton remains the safest community in the country is critical to Halton Regional Council,” said Regional Chair Gary Carr. “By investing in road safety programs, we’re helping drivers remember the rules of the road and help ensure they get to work and home to their families safely. Red light cameras are one educational tool we can use to remind drivers to stop on red. It’s not about money, it’s about saving lives.”

In March 2012, Regional Council introduced the red light camera program to two Halton communities with a camera at Brant Street and Dundas Street in the City of Burlington and one at Trafalgar Road and Upper Middle Road in the Town of Oakville. In nine months, these two red light cameras registered 461 infractions and more importantly reduced the amount of serious, right-angle collisions at these intersections by 80% compared to the previous year. To date, these two red light cameras alone have captured 755 drivers going through a traffic light after it has turned red.

Regional Council has approved installing five more cameras across Halton to further improve road safety and information on the locations and the program can be found at www.halton.ca/stoponred.

Maintaining and expanding a safe and efficient Regional road network requires a substantial investment. Consistent increases in the Region’s capital budget for roads reflects the additional revenue available from new development fees and supports Regional Council’s position that infrastructure related to new growth should pay for itself.

“Halton’s capital budget for roads has increased from $50 million in 2006 to $289 million in 2013, Halton’s largest investment in road infrastructure” said Regional Chair Gary Carr. “At the same time, we’ve achieved an average zero per cent tax increase on Regional services, one of the best records in Canada.”

In 2012, Regional Council allocated $159 million to Transportation capital projects including the following projects that were completed:

  • Widening Dundas Street from Neyagawa Boulevard to Proudfoot Trail to six lanes, including new 16 Mile Creek bridges and sidewalks/multi-use paths;
  • Building new four lane section of James Snow Parkway from 16 Mile Creek to 60 metres west of Mount Pleasant Road;
  • Widening Winston Churchill Boulevard from Steeles Avenue to 5 Sideroad;
  • Building new section of James Snow Parkway from Regional Road 25 to Boston Church Road, including grade separation structure at the Canadian National Railway (CNR) tracks;
  • Resurfacing some road sections to reinforce pavement and improve ride quality; and
  • Installing new traffic signals.

Residents can learn more about Regional construction projects by dialing 311, visiting www.halton.ca/construction or subscribing to the Construction Update e-newsletter on work happening in the Region’s transportation corridors.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.

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Media Contacts:
Tim Dennis
Director, Transportation Services
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7775
Heather Burnett
Communications Specialist
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7763
1-866-442-5866