Media Release: Town of Lincoln collaborates with partners on truck traffic safety blitz

Town of Lincoln collaborates with partners on truck traffic safety blitz


Lincoln, ON – (June 28, 2021) – The Town of Lincoln is pleased to announce its involvement in Project Avoidance, which was recently conducted on the roadways in Lincoln. The pilot project was developed in response to the Town of Lincoln’s request and through cooperation with the Niagara Regional Police (NRP), Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Halton Police Service and the Niagara Parks Police to conduct safety and compliance checks on commercial vehicles and/or trucks.

MTO and NRP officers patrolled the community to monitor where trucks may be bypassing the inspection station on the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) between Vineland and Beamsville in Lincoln. In total officers stopped 103 vehicles, 45 of which were inspected. As a result of the stops two drivers were placed out of service and one truck was placed out of service. Officers issued 16 provincial offences notices.

“The safety of our community – including road safety and truck traffic safety – is a top priority for Lincoln Council and staff,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “The results of this recent truck safety blitz only reinforce that our efforts towards improving traffic safety in Lincoln are well-founded.”

“The success of this pilot project is a testament to the partnerships the Town is nurturing with various agencies to improve and promote traffic safety in Lincoln and throughout Niagara,” said the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer Michael Kirkopoulos. “We are working proactively to address residents’ concerns about traffic and truck safety, and are developing both short- and long-term solutions to alleviate some of the traffic caused by trucks traveling through the core areas of Lincoln.”

In April 2019, Lincoln Council approved a resolution regarding truck safety in Lincoln which addressed community concerns related to truck traffic and identified several action items to address the concerns. In the short term, the Beamsville Truck Bypass Route is planned to redirect truck traffic out of the downtown area of Beamsville and along Bartlett Road and Durham Road.

In the longer term, the Niagara Escarpment Crossing Project will be a new north-south truck route on Park Road (Bartlett Avenue) in Grimsby. This route supports the need identified in the Niagara Region Transportation Master Plan for a new north-south escarpment crossing linking the QEW with Highway 20, and will offset the implications of high commercial vehicle traffic travelling through urban and residential areas within the west Niagara communities of Lincoln and Grimsby.

The Town’s Transportation Master Plan developed comprehensive strategies for the movement of goods which requires ongoing partnership with the Niagara Region and other key agencies such as the Minister of Transportation and Niagara Region Police Services.

The Town continues to implement traffic safety initiatives throughout the community, including Community Safety Zones, Pedestrian Crossovers, speedhumps and digital speed feedback signs. For more details or to ask the Town a question about traffic safety in Lincoln, please visit the Town’s public engagement site, Speak Up Lincoln at speakuplincoln.ca/traffic-safety.

 

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Liliana Busnello
Manager of Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
Tel: 905-563-8205
lbusnello@lincoln.ca

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