Bradford Bylaw Bans Heavy Trucks Through Downtown During “Patio’ Season – Looks to Make Permanent

Bradford West Gwillimbury councillors passed a bylaw Tuesday evening halting commercial truck traffic through the downtown core during patio season, reports CTV News.

The project had been left idling, prompting Ward 2 Councillor Jonathan Scott to push it forward at a recent meeting.

“This is a long-standing idea to help with downtown revitalization, making it more of an area for residents to enjoy,” Scott said. “Moving the truck diversion forward this year is a good start as we work to make lasting changes now that our Holland Street concept plan to transform our downtown has also passed.”

The pilot project aims to keep commercial vehicles off Holland Street, running in line with the patio program.

The restricted routes run along Holland Street East from Bridge Street to Simcoe Road/Barrie Street and Holland Street West from Simcoe Road/Barrie Street to Professor Day Drive/Melbourne Drive.

The bylaw excludes delivery trucks, emergency vehicles, buses, town or County-operated vehicles, utility vehicles and farm-plated equipment.

During Tuesday evening’s meeting, Counc. Gary Lamb said that more would need to be done if the rerouting project became permanent.

“If we’re going to do this and we’re going to move trucks to other neighbourhoods, that we look in the future to mitigate the noise as they’ve done in other cities.”

Lamb mentioned sound barriers as an option and noted enforcement concerns.

The downtown committee wants to have the ban in place permanently once road construction is completed on Holland Street.

 

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