Truck Safety

Truck Safety

Background:

On April 15, 2019 Council passed a resolution regarding truck safety in Lincoln.  The motion identified a number of concerns related to truck traffic and identified a number of action items to address. Staff will continue to work closely with the Niagara Region, NRPS, MTO and other agencies on multi-stakeholder and multi-agency strategies to ensure improving truck safety remains a high priority for Lincoln.


Action Items:

Motion Action Item Progress to Date
1. That the Town of Lincoln formally provide support and continue to advocate with the Region, other Local Area
  • Aug 2019 – AMO delegation – Council meet with Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure to seek provincial support on this important project for West Niagara
  • Feb. 8th West Niagara Mayors met with Minister McNaughton and MPP Sam Oosterhoff to reinforce how important this project is for West Niagara and request Provincial support
2. That the Town of Lincoln explore the elimination and prohibition of all trucks/tractor-trailers completely on Mountain Street, and should that not be feasible, that the Town of Lincoln investigate the elimination of those vehicles that exceed 53 feet, have “live bottoms and/or pups” on Mountain Street
  • The Town upgraded the visibility of the “Preferred Truck Route” Signage with a flashing light and larger sign located at the intersection of Mountain St & Fly Rd. 
  • Staff have had positive discussions with our quarry stakeholder partners to help educate their drivers to use the preferred truck route at Mountain St & Fly Rd
  • In discussions with the Region to explore options on limiting truck sizes
3. That the Town of Lincoln investigate with Niagara Region the possibility of assumption of Mountain Street
  • Formal request sent to the Region in July 2019 awaiting a response
4. That the Town of Lincoln request the Niagara Region to designate Mountain Street as a community safety zone as soon as possible
  • The Region has established a community safety zone along Victoria Ave from King St to Fredrick Ave
  •  The Region has advised they are assessing more key locations across Niagara in the fall and Mountain St is on the list to be considered
5. That the Town of Lincoln continue to work closely with NRPS, MTO and other agencies on multi-stakeholder and multi-agency strategies to ensure adherence to speed and weights within the Town of Lincoln, including a request for more speed enforcement
  • A successful truck safety inspection blitz was conducted on July 23rd by MTO & NRP.  
  • Another blitz is scheduled for the fall of 2019
  • On June 4, 2019 Mayor Easton, CSI Chairman Brunet & senior staff had a productive meeting Walker Industries to discuss truck safety and ways we can work together moving forward
6. That scale avoidance enforcement blitzes begin as soon as possible with a focus on Jordan Road, south from QEW, Victoria Avenue and all other roads deemed vulnerable to scale avoidance
  • Meeting with agencies to map out a strategy
  • MTO does patrol for this situation
  • Town staff have established frequent working meetings with our quarry stakeholders to discuss ways we can work together on patrolling initiatives 
7. That immediately following the receipt and approval of the Transportation Master Plan (TMP), staff come to the Community Services and Infrastructure Committee with both short and long term strategies
  • Staff have included the Beamsville Truck Bypass Implementation study in the draft 2020 capital budget as recommended from the TMP
8. That the Town of Lincoln request regular safety checks including weighing and inspections through MTO
  • MTO provided a high level of enforcement on overloaded truck weights during the Town’s “half Load” season.
9. That the Town of Lincoln provide support and advocate to the Niagara Region for the implementation of specific enforcement measures (i.e. traffic/safety cameras or increased police enforcement) at Mountain and Regional Road 81 (King St.)
  • The Region has completed “Check Speed” painting on the upper portion of Mountain St approaching the urban area and plan to install a permanent flashing 50km/hr. speed sign
  • The Region made significant painting improvements to the crosswalks at the intersections of Mountain St & King St and King St & Ontario
  • The Region completed center line marking modifications on Mountain St near the King St intersection to help allow for safer right turning movements for southbound trucks
  •  Feb. 25th Mayors of Lincoln, West Lincoln, CSI Chairman Brunet, senior staff meet with the Region and their Traffic Engineering Consultant to discuss immediate and short-term improvement measures   
10. That the Town of Lincoln monitor these changes if/when they are implemented and furthermore, as part of the monitoring work, note any impacts in the outer limits and/or rural roads with the Town
  • TBD

 

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