This is the big night on Seyton Drive in Westcliffe – what passes for “public consultation” in Rick’s Bells Corners.
The massive expansion of the Robertson-Moodie intersection will bring us more cut-through traffic, a huge construction mess during the next couple of years, cost up to $3M, and make the strip even less pedestrian and cyclist-friendly.
The intersection functions perfectly at the moment, and the new Official Master Plan is calling for traffic to be measured in “peak period – usually a 3 hour period” as opposed to the “peak hour” planning that is being used to justify this flawed project: the plan is to shift away from building roads to handle the absolute maximum amount of traffic expected in one peak hour of the day and towards a system that would spread out demand over a few hours. That would mean fewer road widenings and fewer new roads, reducing the pressure to construct roads by about 15 per cent.
But Rick wants to be expand Moodie/Robertson to increase drive-through traffic and entice Sens fans and workers from the new military base to come and spend money on the strip.
No doubt many of Rick’s generous supporters in the construction industry will get to dip their beaks, and his backers on the BIA board will record windfall profits.
If Rick, like so many other Bells Corners residents, gets one of his vehicles stolen right out of his driveway, will he have to imitate councillors Mark Taylor and Stephen Blais and pay back the $6K annual car allowance?
The City snow plow that recently knocked out the power for 8 hours along the Westcliffe strip gave us a small taste of the traffic chaos that’s heading our way next summer. $25K in spoiled FreshCo groceries had to be sent to the landfill.