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Hamilton councillors vote to convert Main Street to two-way traffic

Hamilton city council has voted to convert Main Street to two-way traffic.

This comes after numerous pedestrian deaths and injuries that have happened along the street recently, signalling a need for significant change and safety intervention.

Councillors voted 12-2 in favour of the motion brought forth by Ward 1 Councillor Maureen Wilson and Ward 3 Councillor Nrinder Nann, with only councillors Lloyd Ferguson and Maria Pearson opposing.

News of the vote broke shortly after a number of protestors blocked a portion of Main Street West outside of Hamilton City Hall on Wednesday afternoon, demanding action on making roadways in the city safer.

So far in 2022, 11 pedestrians have been killed by motorists on sidewalks and streets; a higher number than in all of 2021 combined.

What do you think about the plan to convert Main Street to two-way traffic? Let us know in the comments!

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Comments (2)

  1. Ray Love

    I can’t wait to see this completed. I know it will get lot of push back but on so many levels this is a great idea. Besides with LRT going onto King St this was only inevitable.

  2. Evin H.

    I’m not familiar as to the correlation of why converting it to two-way will be safer. The article mentioned that there are more pedestrians killed so far this year than in all of 2021, but Main Street wasn’t converted to one-way at the beginning of this year. Because of that, one can’t say that the change to one-way caused the uptick in the pedestrians killed on this road, and two-way was safer last year. So what was the cause of the uptick in deaths? Is there more information on the vote and what lead to it, that can explain how council came to the conclusion that making Main Street two-way will cause less deaths?

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