TORONTO, Ont. – Canadian truckers are reporting that traffic congestion is noticeably worse than it was a year ago, and about one in three have missed a scheduled appointment in the last month because of it.
BRAMPTON, Ont. – Peel Region, on the western edge of Toronto, will run a pilot project to test off-peak deliveries between July and December – and it has recruited some major operations to participate.
Participants include the LCBO, Loblaw Companies, PepsiCo, Walmart Canada, and Weston Foods. The region’s Smart Freight Centre will support the project with expertise from the University of Toronto, McMaster University and York University. Deloitte Canada will be advisors on the project.
The goal is to help optimize highways and other major arteries in the area, focusing on where freight is moving, maximizing existing infrastructure, and seeing what infrastructure could benefit from new investment.
THUNDER BAY, ON – A longstanding dispute over truck routes in Thunder Bay, Ontario is heading toward another city council vote later this month, and the stakes are particularly high for Santorelli’s.
The truck stop has been in business for 65 years – 45 of which have been under the current owners — and welcomes truck traffic along Arthur Street. So do the 35 employees working in the restaurant and accompanying tire shop. But city council is looking to close much of Arthur Street and Dawson Road (Highway 102) to anything above 15,000 kilograms, squeezing more trucks onto the east-west Harbour Expressway that runs between the two routes.
It isn’t the first time a traffic change has affected the business. The truck stop dates back to a time when Arthur Street was part of the TransCanada Highway. Thirty percent of the business was lost when the nearby Harbour Extension was opened in 2008, says Lorne Kellar, Santorelli’s controller.
But it isn’t the first time that the idea of further restricting the city’s truck traffic has passed through council chambers, either.
TORONTO, ON – Highway 401, Canada’s busiest traffic corridor, is being widened from Mississauga’s Credit River to Regional Road 25 in Milton.
VICTORIA, BC – British Columbia is opening up its traffic webcam data to the public in the hope that it could be used by software developers to create new tools and services to make driving in B.C. safer and more convenient.
VANCOUVER, BC – British Columbia Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone has released design and cost details for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project that will result in a new 10-lane bridge built over the Fraser River at Highway 99.
LONGUEUIL, QC — The final major work blitz at the Champlain Bridge is scheduled for this upcoming weekend meaning there will be lane closures, detours and backed up traffic for those wanting to travel between Montreal and Brossard. The work is part of a three-leg series to install modular trusses under the bridge to support the edge girders and ensure safe passage for users until the new Champlain Bridge opens. The work will be done over the weekend, from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, to minimize the effect on traffic. Drivers are advised to plan their trips in advance and consider other itineraries in order to avoid the Champlain Bridge corridor as much as possible. Maps showing the closures and detours for the blitz are available online.
TORONTO, ON – Ontario Trucking Association asks new mayor John Tory to “revisit” his zero-tolerance policy toward vehicles seen to be impeding traffic particularly during rush hours.
TORONTO- Toronto Mayor John Tory announced that construction on a section of the Gardiner Expressway will finish two months ahead of schedule at an extra cost of $2-million.
ARLINGTON, VA – The George Washington Bridge, which connects New York and New Jersey surpassed the perennial first-place holder, Chicago’s Circle Interchange, as the place to avoid this year.
TORONTO-The Toronto Trucking Association has issued a warning to city truckers: come January 1, the City of Toronto will be applying a new “zero tolerance” towing policy, applied to any drivers who block major routes during rush hour.
TORONTO- Newly-elected Toronto Mayor John Tory has six changes that he claims will ease up Big Smoke’s gridlock, according to reports.
After five years of construction, B.C.’s South Fraser Perimeter Road was opened to traffic in December, providing better access to Vancouver ports and helping de-congest the region’s roads.
FORT ERIE, ON – Peace Bridge authority confirmed that the bridge at Fort Erie – Buffalo re-opened to truck traffic on Wednesday at 5:30 a.m.
TORONTO — As part of the increased security measures during the G-20 summit, certain parts of downtown Toronto will be off limits for dangerous goods haulers.