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Newly-paved road a disaster - Saturday, June 15th, 2019

Hamilton Spectator

Letter to the Editor

Saturday 2019-06-15

Newly-paved road a disaster

RE: Red Hill

I had the displeasure of using the newly paved down-bound portion of the Red Hill Expressway. It is a disaster.

In my normal day of work, I teach bus and truck driving for a large trucking company here in Hamilton. Today I transferred one bus to London and returned with another to Hamilton. The bus is a beautiful Thomas coach. I had no trouble driving and handling it from London via 401, then 403 to the Linc in Hamilton. But once getting onto the new pavement of the Red Hill down-bound, it felt as if my tires were out of balance and the steering started to shimmy, plus the ride was a bit bouncy. My conclusion is that the paving was rushed and not tested at high-speed driving. This is why the pavement is uneven. I predict that there will be some anxious moments by drivers in the next few days.

To further exacerbate the Red Hill's down-bound problem, the road marking where the road comes up to Barton Street is incorrectly painted. This intersection since its inception has had three lanes, one left turning lane, middle lane turning both left or right, and the curb lane turning right. The pavement markings were correct prior to repaving. But now there are two left turning lanes and one right turning lane despite the signage on the post advising drivers otherwise. Tsk, tsk, tsk, rushing things causes a big mess that will have to be corrected later.

I suggest that the City of Hamilton should have some big vehicle go downhill, obeying the speed limit and see what is the experience.

 

Dez Miklós, Hamilton

Higher speed limits, a terrible idea - May 6, 2019

Hamilton Spectator letters to the editor

RE: Possibility of higher speed limits on highways

It is bad enough that many drivers cannot drive properly at the presently posted speed limits. What is going to happen when the speed are higher? The big problem is that many drivers overestimate their abilities and underestimate the "Laws of Physics". Some fool drivers will drive even faster than the posted limit and when problems arise, there will not be enough time and space to correct the error. PLUS! Insurance companies are not fools. Watch the insurance rates rise on account of raised speed limits. The whole thing is a foolish idea. Oh, yeah, and the last, this goes contrary to the "green" idea of saving the environment. Faster one drives, the more fuel the vehicle will need. Tsk, tsk, tsk!

As for allowing single motorcycle riders in the HOV lane, it is about time as they are removed from the danger of sharing the roads with trucks.

Dez Miklós, Hamilton

How to survive the curves? -Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

How to survive the curves? Just slow down

RE: Another reason for accidents on the parkway (July 26) 

I admire Bill Watts' observation about the unforeseen centrifugal forces on the vehicles using the Red Hill and the Linc.

However, prudence is sorely lacking by many drivers who think they are in an Indy 500 race.

Wish to avoid difficulties on the "accursed" curves? Simple. Slow down, thus the effect of inertia will be lessened. Surprise! No mishaps as the vehicle stays on its correct path.

Dez Miklós, Hamilton

Novel idea for LRT funding - April 11th, 2019

Hamilton Spectator letters to the Editor

Novel idea for LRT funding

RE: LRT

 Two of your recent articles emphasized the following: The Ford government to allow Metrolinx to begin buying land along Hamilton's LRT line again. But the city will need to look elsewhere for top-up cash if there is a budget shortfall. And Premier Doug Ford takes a pot shot at Hamilton: 'Why aren't you closing these pot shops down?' Ford says his 'biggest frustration' is illegal marijuana dispensaries operating in cities like Hamilton.

A compromise, perhaps a bit tongue in cheek?

Yes, Hamilton should close down the illegal marijuana dispensaries and reopen them as a city-run enterprise. The profits from it should cover the LRT cost overrun.

Dez Miklós, Hamilton

Trump is just a reflection of Americans - Friday, January 27th, 2017

Hamilton Spectator Friday,January 27, 2017

RE: Locals marching against Trump in D.C. (Jan. 18 2017)

It is useless protesting against Trump. He is the mirror of America as he reflects the hidden attitudes that were alway present, but not acknowledged by people.

Trump correctly sized up the mood of America, catered to this mood and won the presidency. If anything that should be protested it is the poor and divisive attitude of Americans.

Dez Miklós, Hamilton

 

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