Some of you are aware that parts of Konkle Creek (Aka The Super Ditch) lying South of Greenlane Road have been closed to the public and that there are plans to do work there.
This blog post is just about the section that abuts the Lincoln Square Development (The DeSantis Homes being built on the former Fairgrounds property).
During the process of approving the Zoning Application for Lincoln Square four years ago- The Town very wisely negotiated some extra land along the creek in order to be able reconstruct it to be wider so that it can again meander as it wants to. Thirty or so years ago Konkle Creek was reconstructed to accommodate storm water from development in South Beamsville. The creek was straightened out. The problem is that creeks naturally meander in a left to right pattern and this helps to slow the flow of water. As a result, all these years water has been rushing too fast and eroding the banks farther down the creek.
Under the subdivision agreement with DeSantis Homes for Lincoln Square, the work to be done to the section of the creek abutting Lincoln Square is to be done before September of 2014. This kind of timeline makes sense in terms of the work being done on the ground. The developer will go to the back of the property and do the creek works – and then work back easterly to construct the buildings that will abut the creek section.
The creek design is reviewed by Town Staff, The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and the Ministry of the Environment. The goal is to construct a creek that has the room to meander as it should. It will be planted with native vegetation and constructed specifically to support the known fish and wildlife habitat.
Once the construction schedule is finalized, those in the area will receive a construction newsletter with a description of the timelines and the work planned.
You may have encountered a roundabout somewhere. They are popping up in different areas in Ontario. Or maybe you have driven in Europe? You may have expected an intersection but found a roundabout. You may have expected a roundabout but weren’t sure how to handle it once you got there. Or you may know exactly what to do when you get to a roundabout. Here’s a video explaining how they work – It also has a lot to say about the safety benefits of roundabouts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DJDjaa25Co
Here’s an interesting video from mythbusters about different ways to move cars through an intersection – They do experiments and come to a conclusion about which method is the most efficient: http://www.wimp.com/testroundabout/
What you may be interested in knowing is that the Region of Niagara is considering constructing a roundabout at the intersection of Durham Road, Greenlane Road, and Highway 8 (King Street) – You know that really awkward spot? I have a friend who lived in a house right there and he said that as a child he would hear late night crashes regularly. Look here at the streetview on Google Maps: http://is.gd/VGZB3w
The following paragraph is an excerpt from the notice recently sent out by the Region:
The existing geometry of this intersection is comprised of Durham Road and Greenlane connection to Regional Road 81 (King Street) at the same location from two different skew angles. The intersection has long been a safety concern and traffic data between 2005 and 2011 show 11 recorded collisions including, three side impact and one head on. The configuration of the intersection allows high speed turns from King Street to Greenlane as they connect at an angle of approximately 55 degrees. Another major concern are the substandard sight lines for drivers stopped on Durham Road and Greenlane to vehicles westbound on King Street as drivers cannot see past house number 5598 as it encroaches into the King Street right-of-way.
The Region will be holding a Public Information Session. This will be an informal gathering where you will have an opportunity to look at the proposed solutions, talk with the project team, and submit comments.
The time and date will be advertised in the local paper.
Lincoln’s Infrastructure Committee received an update from the Region on Wednesday night on the progress of the reconstruction plans for Mountain Road Beamsville (from King Street to Hillside Drive):
The Mountain Road project was commenced in July 2013. To date, the Region’s consultant has completed background studies, a topographic survey and underground utility investigations, which has allowed the project team to refine the vision for the corridor, and to incorporate a more context sensitive design approach.
ln the upcoming months, detailed design of the roadwork will be completed and a Public Information Centre (PIC) detailing the improvements will be held in the Fall of 2014.
Relocation of utilities (hydro, gas, telephone and TV) will commence within the next few months and is expected to occur through the end of 2014 or early 2015.
Reconstruction of the roadway is anticipated to begin in early 2015. The project will include urbanization of the roadway with curb and gutter, construction of sanitary and storm sewers, sidewalk construction, intersection and entrance improvements and new lighting. The road will remain as a two lane cross section (one in each direction).
If you have questions you can contact
Mr. Cam Milne, C.E.T.
Project Manager Transportation Engineering
2201 St. David’s Road
Thorold, ON L2V 4T7
Telephone: 905-685-4225 ext. 3437
Mr. David Sinke, P. Eng.
Consultant Project Manager
AMEC Environment & lnfrastructure
3215 North Service Road
Burlington, ON L7N 3G2
Toll Free: 1-866-751-2353
The two Public Information Sessions scheduled for June the 17th in Beamsville and June the 18th in Grimsby have been postponed.
These sessions are the second of two scheduled to look at how to deal with the truck traffic in our communities.
This study is being handled by the Region of Niagara – I have only received notice of the postponement – When the sessions are rescheduled I will post the dates.
Some of you may be familiar with Community Improvement Plans (CIPs). The Town of Lincoln put one in place for Beamsville a few years ago and it has been well received. Grimsby has had a lot of participation as well.
Community Improvement Plans start with a public process to gather information about what people want their community to look like (generally the downtown area), and how they would like it to function.
When the plan is established it usually contains incentives for private property owners to update their buildings or develop. The existing plan for Beamsville has grants and loans that are mostly matched by the Region of Niagara.
There is now one underway for Vineland. Here are some details on page 50: https://lincoln.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentDisplay.aspx?Id=51447
There has already been one Public Workshop in the fall and another is now scheduled for Thursday July the 10th at 6:30 pm at the Ball’s Falls Conservation Area.
The NIAGARA REGION is continuing work on dealing with the truck traffic that we are all concerned about in our small towns.
Two Public Information Sessions are scheduled – These are informal sessions with maps and information posted around the room – You can float around and chat with Regional Staff, Consultants, and Other Interested Residents or just have a look.
BEAMSVILLE HIGHSCHOOL GYM:
Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
4317 Central Ave
GRIMSBY HIGHSCHOOL GYM:
Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
5 Boulton Ave
Public input and comments are encouraged and will be
received at any point in the study. If you have questions or
wish to be added to the project mailing list, please use one
of the following tools:
905-685-4225 ext. 3644
Mike DiPaola, P.Eng.
2201 St. David’s Rd.
P.O. Box 1042
Thorold,ON L2V 4T7