Sep. 14, 01:32 EDT
RE: 'Burlington to province: rework highway plans' (Sept. 11).
I wish I could have attended the meeting in Burlington where the
crowd was told about the city's analysis of the provincial study
of the need for a mid-peninsula highway. Perhaps I would have received
an answer to a puzzling question:
Why on earth did the provincial government sell its soul to the
407 ETR consortium when it sold the rights to the Oakville-Burlington
portion of that new road?
For years, many of us had hoped that this new corridor would make
our travels much easier. The original proposal was to join the two
sections of 403. But we were not even given the option of trying
this for free. As soon as the road was finished, up went the cameras,
and the fees. Because of this, many people shun the 407, further
increasing the congestion on the QEW from Burlington to a little
I challenge the government to allow free 407 passage from Burlington
to Oakville for a month. I'm willing to bet that congestion would
be dramatically reduced on the QEW. I concede that the congestion
beyond the current junction of Highway 403 and 407 ETR at Oakville
would not be reduced -- perhaps it would increase. So, construction
of a wider corridor, or a separate through-route for those bypassing
Toronto, should be considered.
Forget the mid-peninsula corridor. Even if it is constructed, it
will funnel traffic onto an already congested area east of Burlington.
-- Dez Miklos, Jr., Hamilton.