Truck Traffic in Lincoln

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Background:

On April 15, 2019, Council approved a resolution regarding truck safety in Lincoln. The motion identified several concerns related to truck traffic and identified several action items to address the concerns. Truck traffic safety strategies are a high priority for the Town in responding to resident concerns to help improve road safety throughout the community.

The Town’s Transportation Master Plan developed comprehensive strategies for the movement of goods which requires ongoing partnership with the Niagara Region and other key agencies such as the Minister of Transportation and Niagara Region Police Services.


Current Status

The challenges regarding goods movement are multi-faceted and the solutions will require cooperation between multiple municipalities and different levels of government. The process to implement the ultimate truck route solution requires some key short-term solutions before the longer term, ultimate plan can be constructed.

Short Term Solution – Beamsville Truck Route

Residents of Beamsville cannot wait for the major long term Niagara Escarpment Crossing Project (new truck route Park Road (Bartlett Avenue) Grimsby) to be designed and constructed before action is taken regarding trucks in the downtown urban area. As such, the Town's Transportation Master Plan (TMP) assessed short-term solutions to find viable routes for trucks to avoid the downtown area of Beamsville. The Town's TMP recommends that Bartlett Road and Durham Road become alternate routes to redirect truck traffic out of the downtown area of Beamsville. The proposed Beamsville alternate route recommended is shown below.

Proposed Alternate Beamsville Truck Route

The proposed alternate Beamsville Truck Route entails the following:

  • Through trucks traveling north on Mountain Road should be directed to turn east on King Street and then north on Bartlett Road on their way to the QEW
  • Trucks should then travel Bartlett Road until they reach South Service Road and then travel west to the Ontario Street at QEW interchange. This alternate route is illustrated by the yellow line in Figure 1.0 shown above.
  • In addition to improving Bartlett Road, the intersection of Mountain Road at King Street also would need to be improved to facilitate northbound right turns of trucks from Mountain Road onto King Street
  • Trucks traveling east on King Street should be directed to turn north onto Durham Road and then east on South Service Road
  • Trucks then could access the QEW or continue South Service Road to Bartlett Road and eventually back to King Street to head further east
  • Trucks exiting the QEW at Ontario Street should be directed to South Service Road and use Bartlett Road or Durham Road to access King Street. This route is illustrated by the blue line in Figure 1.0 shown above

Long-Term Solution: New Truck Route Niagara Escarpment Crossing (Park Road to Bartlett Avenue, Grimsby)

The long-term solution to improve goods movement in the west portion of the Niagara Region is to implement a new north-south truck route escarpment crossing. The Niagara Region Transportation Master Plan identified the need for a new north-south escarpment crossing linking the QEW with Highway 20. A new north-south Niagara Escarpment Crossing is necessary to offset the negative economic, environmental, and safety implications of high commercial vehicle traffic travelling through urban and residential areas within the communities of Lincoln and Grimsby.

The Niagara Region is leading this long-term solution in partnership with the Town of Lincoln, Town of Grimsby, and Township of West Lincoln. The new Niagara Escarpment Crossing is a significant long-term project estimated to cost $150 million requiring financial support from various levels of government. The Town of Lincoln Council, along with Grimsby, West Lincoln and the Niagara Region have been advocating with different levels of government for support on this key infrastructure project for west Niagara. Most recently at the 2021 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference in January, Town of Lincoln Council along with Grimsby, West Lincoln and the Niagara Region delegated to Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation to discuss this important project.

In terms of next steps, the Niagara Region is completing the terms of reference for initiating an Individual Environmental Assessment (IEA) Study for the Niagara Escarpment Crossing Project.

Recommendation:

The Park Road to Bartlett Avenue connection in Grimsby is recommended as the new truck route Niagara Escarpment Crossing. Bartlett Avenue in Grimsby includes an interchange on the QEW and can serve as the truck access to the QEW highway. By constructing this new escarpment crossing and connecting it to the goods movement network, the Town would be able to make further changes to goods movement within its boundaries, particularly in Beamsville.

An Individual Environmental Assessment is planned for a new transportation highway/arterial within the Bartlett Avenue and Park Road Corridor to provide an appropriate truck route standard.

Mountain Road is proposed to be taken off the truck route network by transferring ownership from the Region to the Town for the stretch between Fly Road and King Street. The Town could then prohibit through truck traffic on this area of Mountain Road. Trucks would be directed to bypass Beamsville completely and use the new Park Road to Bartlett Avenue connection to access the QEW.

External Involvement

The Township of West Lincoln is considering the potential linkage of this preferred truck route as part of the 2019-initated Smithville Urban Boundary Expansion Study. As the Township of West Lincoln is expected to grow to meet regional/provincial growth targets, considerations will be made on the exact placement of the bypass and opportunities to connect the Smithville Bypass to the proposed Niagara Escarpment Crossing at the northerly edge of the Smithville Urban Boundary limit.


Beamsville Truck Route Implementation Study Update

To move forward with the Beamsville Truck Route short term solution, the Town is undertaking an implementation study.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the proposed alternate route and identify deficiencies related to truck safety, traffic operations, utilities, street lighting, active transportation, and roadway geometry that may pose a challenge to trucks diverted to the by-pass.

The results of this study will include the mitigation measures recommended and their associated preliminary cost estimates. This study will inform the detailed design and construction phases required to implement the alternate route. This study will also encompass key issues related to complete streets and Vision Zero.

The Town of Lincoln is leading the Beamsville Truck Route Implementation Study in partnership with the Niagara Region, and with IBI Group leading as the prime consultant for transportation engineering and planning.

Progress to Date

  • Reviewed background studies & existing information and identified data gaps
  • Currently collecting data via automated traffic recorder (ATR) to capture volume, speed, and vehicle class
  • Conducting several turning movements counts at the various intersections
  • Developed stakeholder logistics and action plan for stakeholder consultation in Q2 2021

Background:

On April 15, 2019, Council approved a resolution regarding truck safety in Lincoln. The motion identified several concerns related to truck traffic and identified several action items to address the concerns. Truck traffic safety strategies are a high priority for the Town in responding to resident concerns to help improve road safety throughout the community.

The Town’s Transportation Master Plan developed comprehensive strategies for the movement of goods which requires ongoing partnership with the Niagara Region and other key agencies such as the Minister of Transportation and Niagara Region Police Services.


Current Status

The challenges regarding goods movement are multi-faceted and the solutions will require cooperation between multiple municipalities and different levels of government. The process to implement the ultimate truck route solution requires some key short-term solutions before the longer term, ultimate plan can be constructed.

Short Term Solution – Beamsville Truck Route

Residents of Beamsville cannot wait for the major long term Niagara Escarpment Crossing Project (new truck route Park Road (Bartlett Avenue) Grimsby) to be designed and constructed before action is taken regarding trucks in the downtown urban area. As such, the Town's Transportation Master Plan (TMP) assessed short-term solutions to find viable routes for trucks to avoid the downtown area of Beamsville. The Town's TMP recommends that Bartlett Road and Durham Road become alternate routes to redirect truck traffic out of the downtown area of Beamsville. The proposed Beamsville alternate route recommended is shown below.

Proposed Alternate Beamsville Truck Route

The proposed alternate Beamsville Truck Route entails the following:

  • Through trucks traveling north on Mountain Road should be directed to turn east on King Street and then north on Bartlett Road on their way to the QEW
  • Trucks should then travel Bartlett Road until they reach South Service Road and then travel west to the Ontario Street at QEW interchange. This alternate route is illustrated by the yellow line in Figure 1.0 shown above.
  • In addition to improving Bartlett Road, the intersection of Mountain Road at King Street also would need to be improved to facilitate northbound right turns of trucks from Mountain Road onto King Street
  • Trucks traveling east on King Street should be directed to turn north onto Durham Road and then east on South Service Road
  • Trucks then could access the QEW or continue South Service Road to Bartlett Road and eventually back to King Street to head further east
  • Trucks exiting the QEW at Ontario Street should be directed to South Service Road and use Bartlett Road or Durham Road to access King Street. This route is illustrated by the blue line in Figure 1.0 shown above

Long-Term Solution: New Truck Route Niagara Escarpment Crossing (Park Road to Bartlett Avenue, Grimsby)

The long-term solution to improve goods movement in the west portion of the Niagara Region is to implement a new north-south truck route escarpment crossing. The Niagara Region Transportation Master Plan identified the need for a new north-south escarpment crossing linking the QEW with Highway 20. A new north-south Niagara Escarpment Crossing is necessary to offset the negative economic, environmental, and safety implications of high commercial vehicle traffic travelling through urban and residential areas within the communities of Lincoln and Grimsby.

The Niagara Region is leading this long-term solution in partnership with the Town of Lincoln, Town of Grimsby, and Township of West Lincoln. The new Niagara Escarpment Crossing is a significant long-term project estimated to cost $150 million requiring financial support from various levels of government. The Town of Lincoln Council, along with Grimsby, West Lincoln and the Niagara Region have been advocating with different levels of government for support on this key infrastructure project for west Niagara. Most recently at the 2021 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference in January, Town of Lincoln Council along with Grimsby, West Lincoln and the Niagara Region delegated to Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation to discuss this important project.

In terms of next steps, the Niagara Region is completing the terms of reference for initiating an Individual Environmental Assessment (IEA) Study for the Niagara Escarpment Crossing Project.

Recommendation:

The Park Road to Bartlett Avenue connection in Grimsby is recommended as the new truck route Niagara Escarpment Crossing. Bartlett Avenue in Grimsby includes an interchange on the QEW and can serve as the truck access to the QEW highway. By constructing this new escarpment crossing and connecting it to the goods movement network, the Town would be able to make further changes to goods movement within its boundaries, particularly in Beamsville.

An Individual Environmental Assessment is planned for a new transportation highway/arterial within the Bartlett Avenue and Park Road Corridor to provide an appropriate truck route standard.

Mountain Road is proposed to be taken off the truck route network by transferring ownership from the Region to the Town for the stretch between Fly Road and King Street. The Town could then prohibit through truck traffic on this area of Mountain Road. Trucks would be directed to bypass Beamsville completely and use the new Park Road to Bartlett Avenue connection to access the QEW.

External Involvement

The Township of West Lincoln is considering the potential linkage of this preferred truck route as part of the 2019-initated Smithville Urban Boundary Expansion Study. As the Township of West Lincoln is expected to grow to meet regional/provincial growth targets, considerations will be made on the exact placement of the bypass and opportunities to connect the Smithville Bypass to the proposed Niagara Escarpment Crossing at the northerly edge of the Smithville Urban Boundary limit.


Beamsville Truck Route Implementation Study Update

To move forward with the Beamsville Truck Route short term solution, the Town is undertaking an implementation study.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the proposed alternate route and identify deficiencies related to truck safety, traffic operations, utilities, street lighting, active transportation, and roadway geometry that may pose a challenge to trucks diverted to the by-pass.

The results of this study will include the mitigation measures recommended and their associated preliminary cost estimates. This study will inform the detailed design and construction phases required to implement the alternate route. This study will also encompass key issues related to complete streets and Vision Zero.

The Town of Lincoln is leading the Beamsville Truck Route Implementation Study in partnership with the Niagara Region, and with IBI Group leading as the prime consultant for transportation engineering and planning.

Progress to Date

  • Reviewed background studies & existing information and identified data gaps
  • Currently collecting data via automated traffic recorder (ATR) to capture volume, speed, and vehicle class
  • Conducting several turning movements counts at the various intersections
  • Developed stakeholder logistics and action plan for stakeholder consultation in Q2 2021

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    What about trucks delivering to No Frills? How will they be re-routed, re: residential neighbourhoods (Central ave), traffic for Senator Gibson, children

    Hedijo asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. There will be no restrictions on local deliveries. Trucks that have business on local roads will be able to continue as usual, to ensure the needs of Lincoln businesses and residents continue to be met.

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    Map shows ideal route for trucks,so why haven’t you posted restrictions on the short stretch from Bartlett along Greenlane rd to Ontario street.this area is only residential?

    Gunner asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your question. Once Bartlett Rd is upgraded and specifically signed as a truck route we would look at other intersecting streets for further restriction.  In response to your request, the Town will look at monitoring this particular section of Greenlane with traffic counts for truck traffic to gain a better understanding on the amount of trucks and what else should be done in terms of restrictions, etc. Please note that Greenlane is collector east/west roadway and as such will experience some truck traffic making local deliveries, etc. in the Beamsville area.  

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    The truck noise, pollution and speed of movement on Mountain Rd between King and Fly is very concerning. Despite the school zone and new speed limits, the continued concern is still ongoing. While I understand the time required and the work required before change can be implemented, safety of the houses immediately on or next to Mountain, their children and pets. When standing outside anytime before 7pm, it is often difficult to have a conversation without raising your voice and as a parent i avoid allowing my kids to play in the front yard.

    Tina.cig asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback.  Please note that the Town, in collaboration with the Niagara Region, has implemented a number of traffic calming measures to help slow truck traffic and raise driver awareness.  For example, the flashing truck grade sign at the top of the hill on Mountain St, a digital speed sign further down in advance of Hillside Dr and line painting/marking on the pavement reminder drivers to check their speed.  We will bring your concern forward to NRPS for increased enforcement.  

    If you are able to let us know which section of Mountain St you live on or are observing the speeding and we can let both the NRPS and the Niagara Region Transportation Division know for follow up and further review. Please find contact info of the Staff contacts on the right-hand side of this Truck Traffic Speak Up Lincoln page

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