Oct. 11, 01:15 EDT
wants new link to Hwy. 401
Slams mid-peninsula plan in speech
The Hamilton Spectator
Burlington Mayor Rob MacIsaac has reiterated his long-standing
opinion that the mid-peninsula corridor is a bad idea.
During his State of the City address this week, he told city chamber
and business members he recently had an informal meeting with the
province to discuss the highway project.
MacIsaac said it was "clear to me" they don't understand
why the city is still concerned with it.
"I tried to explain that, quite apart from our technical concerns,
bringing forward (the $1.2-billion) mid-peninsula highway across the
Niagara Escarpment insults the sensibilities of our citizens. It diminishes
our identity as a city."
MacIsaac said the better option would be to connect the mid-peninsula
corridor to Highway 401, then establish an "ambitious" transit
system, with help from the federal and provincial governments.
The highway could open by 2011. A corridor has been identified as
possibly running from Fort Erie on top of the escarpment to Hamilton,
past Ancaster, Peter's Corners and Waterdown, then down the escarpment
into Burlington to connect with Highway 407 near Walker's Line.
Here are some of the other highlights in the State of
the City address:
* The city will continue working towards its policy of becoming debt-free.
* The city will be moving ahead with the $12-million construction
of an underpass on Appleby Line, north of Upper Middle Road.
* The formation of a citizens' summit in February to address concerns
about the city's rural-urban boundary.
Jason Misner, Hamilton Spectator.