Western campus traffic disruptions first week of September

From Western University –
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Councillor Squire Ward Meetings, Neighbourhood Decision Making, and Wonderland Road

From Councillor Squire

I have now scheduled two fall community meetings. The dates and location are:

Thursday, October 19 from noon to 2 pm in the Food Court at Cherryhill Mall and

Monday, October 23 from 7 to 9 pm in the Vitali Lounge at King’s University College

These are important meetings as the staff who are dealing with these projects will be there. The new project leader for Bus Rapid Transit, Jennie Ramsay, will be there as well as Dr. Chris Mackie the City Medical Officer of Health to discuss Injection sites. There will also be time to discuss any other subjects. I hope you can make it.

Phil Squire, City Councillor Ward 6

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Coming in 2017

2017 will be a busy year with two items of note. The City will be holding an information session in the new year with its preferred option for alleviating traffic congestion at Sarnia and Western. We will let you know the date and time of that meeting.

The City will also be starting up the second phase of the Master Plan for the part of the Medway Valley Environmentally Significant Area from Fanshawe Park Road down to our neighbourhood. It should be interesting. Stay tuned for details.

Speaking of the Medway, you may have noticed damage and vandalism to signs in the Valley. If you do notice anything suspicious, please contact police. Official trails are marked with yellow “blazes” on posts and trees. Please stay on marked trails and respect the closed trail signs. The marked trails avoid sensitive features and plants and areas where erosion has made walking hazardous.

January News

Medway Valley Heritage Forest ESA

The Metamora Staircase in the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) has reached its end of life. (Funding for its construction was a ratepayer project in the 90s). The City has formed a Trails Focus Group (TFG). Sandy Levin is participating in the group as part of our Adopt An ESA group. At the second TFG meeting in February City Staff will bring the staircase forward for discussion including any issues around funding, and the sensitivity of the slope and the natural features of the area. City staff and Upper Thames River Conservation Authority staff (who manage the Forest under contract with the City), will make a site visit this month and post some signs for a temporary trail closure at this location. Councillor Squire is aware of this issue.

Sarnia and Western Road Intersection

The City is still evaluating options for this intersection and in discussions with Western University.
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Western Road and Sarnia Road / Philip Aziz Avenue Improvements

Last week, the City held the first of two public information sessions on its plans to improve the traffic flows at the Sarnia and Western Road intersection. As an Environmental Assessment, the city is required to examine alternatives, and make recommendations as to the best alternative (a similar process has just been completed for the Wharncliffe and Oxford intersection and the passage under the railroad bridge). You will find the alternatives being considered at this point on the next to last page of the presentation.
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