Hamilton unveils design plans for two-way conversion of Main Street

The City of Hamilton has unveiled its proposed plans for a two-way conversion of Main Street, and is inviting public feedback on the proposal. 

A two-way conversion of Main Street between King Street East and Longwood Road South  has long been a discussion in the city; as one of Hamilton’s major arterial roads, the proposal is one intended to increase road safety while making transportation more efficient. 

“The implementation plan will incorporate the principles of Vision Zero in order to focus on the safe and efficient movement of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists,” reads a message from the city. 

“Applying the Vision Zero safe systems approach, the City recognizes that a transportation system must be designed in a way that prevents errors as much as possible and lessens the impacts of errors when they do happen. This is accomplished by focusing on the design of our communities and roads, how we set and manage speeds, how vehicles are designed and permitted to operate, what transportation options exist where and for whom, and how norms and rules are set for moving about.” 

The two-way redesign or Main Street is currently available to view on the city website, and locals can leave public comments, questions, and suggestions. 

What do you think of the proposal? Let us know in the comments! 

Lead image courtesy of Google Maps

Comments 4

  • Carlo

    01.06.2023 1:40 pm

    This will be a horrible traffic mess. Hamilton yet again, making no beneficial changes. Where is all this tax money going? Is city council actually doing beneficial things for the city? More condos, more slow drivers looking for driveways. A mess.

    • R.B

      01.06.2023 11:43 pm

      If it wasnt beneficial I would say No! It will help slow down the terrible mortist who think main street is a drag way. Like the old saying goes it takes one to ruin it all for others..yes it will be condense with traffic. But it’s a main street not a highway.

  • Looking Forward

    02.06.2023 8:23 pm

    This is a huge undertaking. It’s not without its detractors though; namely those that drive “through” the city. There will be major traffic delays during construction and upon completion but IMHO, the end result will be positive (after completion and in use for a couple of years or so). People are naturally resistant to change; in time they will adapt and change their mobility habits. Slower traffic will encourage massive transport trucks to avoid the current routes through the city neighbourhoods because it will be slower; good.
    I see a large increase transit use; LRT in particular. With slower speeds and safe cycling infrastructure, active transportation should also increase.
    Drivers do get one big plus; the entire length of this project is going to be resurfaced.
    And above all, the main purpose of this change goes a long way in supporting Vision Zero, making Main safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Paul

    24.06.2023 10:05 pm

    By the time the Street Car System of the 1800’s, renamed LRT is finished, Robotaxis will be fully functional and make alot of public transit obsolete, unless the city raises taxes on them to force riders to take the trolley. The idea I got from the above post was that the city is basically trying to get rid of all cars and traffic downtown, and if you look at the councillors’ decisions over the past years you’ll see what I mean. I live on the Mountain, so their poor management of the Core doesn’t affect me, except in a massive tax increase to pay for it. But I’d sure hate to have my life savings invested in a shop down there.


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