Erie Project Needing Public Input

Erie St. at Askew St. in Leamington on June 11, 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

A public open house is to be scheduled so Leamington residents will have a chance to weigh in on the potential expansion of Erie St. between Oak St. and Askew St. in the town.

“Do we really have to go to four lanes?” says John Paterson, the Leamington mayor noting council isn’t quite ready to commit to administration’s recommendation that would see Erie St. grow to four lanes. “Could we look at three lanes? Could we look at bicycle lanes? Why are we doing this in the first place?”

“Just slow down and really have a look at what your road designs are like,” says Paterson, commenting on the influence of meetings like the OSUM conference are having on the debate locally. “Are you designing them for pedestrians and cyclists? Or, are you still designing for the automobile, because things are changing.”

The only money set aside for the project so far is $130,000 in the 2014 budget for design work while watermain and separated sewer upgrades would be charged through the local improvement process.