Hamilton’s Red Hill Valley Parkway has been notoriously unsafe since its opening in 2007. Earlier this week, Hamilton city staff uncovered a previously unseen report illustrating just how dangerous the highway really is.
The November 2013 report, conducted by Tradewind Scientific, tested the friction of the Red Hill. The shocking report revealed that friction levels along the highway range from below to well below expected standards.
It is unclear why, or how, the report was kept a secret for five years.
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It has been speculated for years that the Red Hill is too slippery for its own good. Many Hamiltonians have advocated for the roads to be repaved, as well as for barriers to be installed in the grass medians.
Over the last six years, the Red Hill has seen over 200 collisions with 19 of them crossing the median.
Earlier tonight, Hamilton’s General Issues Committee went in-camera to receive a report related to matters on the Red Hill Valley Parkway (RHVP) and provided direction to staff to share the information that follows: https://t.co/nu8yPYvpWg #HamOnt
— City of Hamilton (@cityofhamilton) February 7, 2019
Moving forward, the city wants to make sure the Red Hill is as safe as possible.
The first step of their safety initiative took place Wednesday, reducing the highway’s speed limit from 90 km/hr to 80. The city also approved a consultant to rehabilitate the highway.
Approximately $13.5 million has been put aside to repair and enhance the Red Hill. So far, the plans include safety enhances such as better lighting and medians. There has been talk of adding connections to Highway 403 and the QEW, transit opportunities as well as widening the highway.
Until the Red Hill Valley Parkway is up to expected levels of friction, Hamilton city council urges residents to drive with caution.
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