Why not Second Avenue?

December 22, 2015   ·   0 Comments

THE DEBATE AT ORANGEVILLE Council was over whether to pick the lowest bidder or the one more familiar, Triton Engineering having been around town since 1964.

However, we’re left wondering why it is that the $2-million project, rehabilitation of First Avenue, appears to have been given a higher priority than fixing Second Avenue between First and Third streets.

It may not look all that great, but First Ave. is wider and thus much safer than the portion of Second Ave. in question, and the fact is that Second provides the only bypass of Broadway where all intersections are either signalized or four-way stops.

We suspect priority was given First Ave. in the belief the much-needed improvement of Second Ave. would lead to more traffic on Elizabeth Street. But it is a more important thoroughfare and now boasts a 40 km/h speed limit – and Second Ave. in its present state is downright dangerous.

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