Windsor councillor wants trucks on side road banned

WINDSOR. Ont. — A Windsor city councillor says he’s had enough of commercial trucks taking a shortcut via Dougall Ave. on their way to the Ambassador Bridge.

The Windsor Star reports that Coun. Drew Dilkens is urging city council to ban trucks on a portion of the busy road, which he says is becoming overly congested from vehicles looking to “queue jump” the already truck-jammed Huron Church- Talbot Rd. corridor en route to the border.

However, a recommendation from city administration is strongly advising against changes to the road, saying it has “grave concerns” that a ban would push truck onto other residential streets.

Dilkens requested a report from administrators on how best to reduce the number of commercial trucks using Dougall as the quicker link to the bridge from Highway 401 to EC Row.

Since 2001, the volume of trucks on the artery has increased to an average of 180 or three per minute, according to The Star.

The public works department report concluded the city’s truck route network be reviewed after all federal and provincial border-related traffic decisions are completed, which is expected to occur sometime this year.

But Dilkens said he will request at Monday’s meeting the report not be received and instead be pushed on to the agenda for the Jan. 21 meeting to allow for resident presentations and debate.

If the city won’t approve an outright ban, perhaps an alternative would be to restrict trucks from turning west on to the expressway, Dilkens later suggested.

— from the Windsor Star

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