The City of Hamilton has begun installing and modified signage throughout the city to restrict large transport trucks and big rigs from travelling within core parts of the downtown and lower city.
Enforced through Hamilton’s traffic bylaw 01-215, the restriction will apply to trucks over 4-axles, also preventing them from travelling on select streets and modifying certain time-of-day restrictions to help limit their negative impact on local communities.
Next week, the City will start installing new and modified truck route signage throughout Hamilton to implement the recommendations of the 2022 Truck Route Master Plan Update.— City of Hamilton (@cityofhamilton) March 7, 2023
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Wkith these new restrictions, trucks over 4-axles will no longer be able to use Main Street East, King Street East, the Claremont Access, Concession Street, sections of Bay Street, Victoria Avenue North, Wellington Street North, Queenston Road, Parkdale Avenue North, and other residential streets.
“These changes aim to improve overall community livability and contribute to improved environmental and public health outcomes, while supporting regional economic prosperity,” reads a release from the City.
“They are designed to keep trucks on suitable roadways and in turn help mitigate impacts such as noise, vibration and safety for vulnerable road users.”
Installation of more than 600 new signs is expected to take roughly 6 weeks to complete, with intent to finish before end of April 2023.
Once signage is up, the new restrictions – which are to be enforced by the Hamilton Police – will officially take effect, with trucks expected to follow only designated routes and not use unapproved roadways and areas for shortcuts unless to access their local destination.
Locals who see trucks disobeying the new bylaw can call the Hamilton Police Service’s non-emergency line at 905-546-4925.
Read the full release here.