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Northumberland County presented a progress report on their Transportation Master Plan to Cobourg Council on Monday, Nov 16.  Most of the detail was provided by their consultant Peter Hillier of the MMM Group.  It’s getting close to completion but they have not yet had much public input despite having three public meetings in Nov/Dec 2014 (only 15 people total) and an online survey.  The survey is still available – see link below.  A public information session in Northumberland Mall in November 2015 did better (45).

The study looked at existing transportation and – no surprise to residents – most people travel by car! Only 1% use public transit to commute to work, 8% walked or bicycled and only 15% commute outside the county.

They looked at collision rates on roads, road congestion and possible locations for signals.  However, most problems found would be resolved with better signs, road markings and other mitigation measures.  One problem found in 11 locations was that speed limits change too abruptly – e.g. from 80km/hr to 50km/hr.  The maximum recommended change in one step (transition) is 20km/hr.

One specific recommendation is:

To replace speed limit transitions on County Road 45 to a consistent speed limit between Highway 401 and Baltimore. Considering a 60 km/h or 70km/h speed limit.

Signals are not needed at any intersection although they said: “CR29/CR30 intersection, CR45 and Centreton Road (CR22) may warrant signalization in the near future”.

They are reviewing policies – I think I heard Peter say that the benefit of this would mostly be to improve the way planning was done.  Huh?

For Cobourg, and the County, Peter remarked that we mostly expect congestion to be a lot better than the GTA.  Whereas in Toronto, roads can run close to full rated capacity, we expect roads to be at about 50% of capacity.  Using that criterion for Cobourg, only parts of Hwy 2 and Hwy 45 to Baltimore come close to being a problem.  By 2031, the stretch of Highway 2 East of Port Hope will need remedial measures – more on this here but the rest of the County will not have a congestion problem for many years.

There was some talk of the County perhaps taking over the sections of Highways 2 and 45 in Cobourg that are currently owned/maintained by Cobourg - but that was not currently a recommendation. (These are King-2 from William to the Eastern boundary and Burnham-45 from Elgin to the 401).

The report had a lot of information but as yet, few recommendations.   You can download the full presentation here.

But there is still time to give your input.  So far, the themes for public input are:

  • Traffic Speeding is a common complaint
  • General support for the use of community safety zones in hamlets [signs and road markings]
  • Standard and simplified complaint response protocol
  • Increased frequency of closures of Hwy 401
  • All EDR routes should be north of Hwy 401 (staff suggested “Consider CR 21 or Telephone Road as EDR Route”)

Go to this link to access the survey  



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