The city of Hamilton will soon begin installing new and modified truck route signage, to satisfy livability, environmental, and public health recommendations in its updated Truck Route Master Plan.
Enforced through one of the city’s traffic bylaws, the truck route network was recently amended to restrict larger trucks from travelling through downtown and other areas in the lower city; remove selected streets; and implement certain rules based on the time of day.
These changes aim to improve overall community livability and contribute to improved environmental and public health outcomes, while supporting regional economic prosperity. They are designed to keep trucks on suitable roadways, to help mitigate impacts such as noise, vibration, and safety for vulnerable road users.
Installations will begin in the lower city during the week of Mar. 12, then expand to other areas in the coming weeks. The project will take approximately six weeks to complete and will involve more than 600 signs. To minimize traffic impacts, the installations will occur outside of peak hours. All applicable enforcement of existing signage will remain in effect until its removal.
The city’s truck route signing system utilizes both permissive and restrictive signage. Trucks are expected to follow designated routes, but they may exit the permissive route to access their destination using the shortest distance from the truck route possible from non-designated city roadways.
Given the significance of these changes to the established truck route, a dedicated interactive map will be updated on the city’s website. It will outline directional changes, as well as track the progress of the installations.
“After extensive reviews of policy and problem identification, as well as stakeholder and public engagement, the implementation of new routes is a great next step in making sure our streets are safer for all users,” says Mayor Andrea Horwath.