UXBRIDGE: The issue of truck traffic through the hamlet of Goodwood once again rolled into council’s meeting on the morning of Monday, Sept. 16.
Council was inundated with correspondence from area residents as part of their agenda, detailing concerns over safety, noise and dust from the hundreds of heavy trucks that pass through the hamlet each day.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor moved that the municipality forward the letters from local residents to Durham Region’s Works Department. As well, the township will be asking the Region to perform traffic counts over a three-day period along with noise and air quality studies.
The mayor added that she had engaged in discussions with Uxbridge’s Public Works Director Ben Kester regarding a possible truck by-pass. According to the mayor, the endeavour would cost $50 million to expropriate the land to build a new road.
"I don’t understand people suggesting this if they haven’t done their homework. We can’t move the road, because, if we move it to Wagg Rd. or Webb Rd., we are going to have those people coming in," explained Mayor O’Connor. "I don’t know where we could build it. And if you take away farmland to build a new road, it’ll have to have no entrances on it, or we’ll be right back where we started."
However, not all councillors were on board with the recommendations, and wondered what true impact the studies would ultimately have on reducing truck traffic.
"What is a traffic count going to tell us that we don’t already know?" asked Ward 4 Councillor Jacob Mantle. "The Region isn’t going to build another regional road because we have trucks. That’s why there are regional roads."
Councillors directed some of the blame for increased truck traffic throughout Uxbridge Township on an expansion project currently underway at Greenbank Airport, leading some members of council to wonder how closely the situation is being monitored in Scugog Township.
"We have to start looking at the sources and the limit on trucks at Greenbank is supposed to be 200 a day," commented Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy. "Personally, I don’t think they have any idea. We need to go to Scugog and make sure they have a handle on it, because they aren’t doing what they promised to do."