Challinor requests review of turn lanes on arterial roads
Long concerned that the presence of left hand/right hand turn lanes on local and regional arterial roads has not kept pace with the commercial, industrial, residential and retail growth associated with Canada’s fastest growing community, Town of Milton Ward 2 Local Councillor John Challinor II has successfully encouraged Milton Council to require Town staff to review the matter this year to understand what can be done to correct it.
Mr. Challinor’s motion was seconded by Town of Milton Ward 2 Regional Councillor Rick Malboeuf. It was approved unanimously by members of Milton Council.
Acknowledging that one of the increasing pinch points at many local intersections is the lack of a right turn lane or a left turn lane that either isn’t in place or isn’t long enough to support traffic volumes, Mr. Challinor has requested Town staff to undertake a review this year of all local and regional arterial roads to determine what thoroughfares require left turn lanes and/or right turn lanes. He has also requested that Town and Regional staff review their current arterial road development policies to confirm that full left hand and right hand turn lanes are fully considered in all future roadway planning and construction and, if necessary, update their policies.
Once the review is completed, Mr. Challinor has further requested that Town staff prepare a 2024 capital budget proposal for consideration by Council that establishes the process of reconstructing those local arterial road intersections on a priority basis that can be re-engineered to accept full or partial left hand and right hand turn lanes. CR