WINDSOR, Ont. Windsor City Coun. Drew Dilkens yesterday demanded the city close portions of Dougall Ave. to heavy trucks, according to a report in today’s Windsor Star.
Claiming the number of trucks using the city route on their way to the border is skyrocketing, Dougall was quoted by the Star as saying “I’m fired up because nothing is being done to solve the problem. I asked for solutions and none were provided. Fine – now I’ll do my job, which is to protect residents.”
Dougall is seen as many truckers as a more efficient route from Hwy. 401 to the Ambassador Bridge. It allows them to avoid the crowded Talbot Road-Huron Church Road corridor. About three trucks per minute take Dougall Ave. during peak travel times, the Star reports.
A recent report advised against banning trucks from Dougall Ave., suggesting it would increase congestion on alternate routes to dangerous levels. Despite the recommendations of the report, Coun. Dilkens appears poised to continue his push to remove trucks from the busy street.
“It’s time to stop doing nothing,” Dilkens said in today’s Star. “We’ve got a problem here. This truck virus is spreading through the city. The report says traffic has raised dramatically of trucks coming up Dougall. It is a residential neighbourhood.”
– With files from the Windsor Star
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