Have a say on Oshawa’s two-way visitors plans

The City of Oshawa is considering a change from one-way to two-way traffic on Albert, Celina and Colborne streets and Brock Street East. February 10, 2022

Oshawa is considering changing one-way traffic to two-ways on Albert Street, Celina Street, Brock Street East, and Colborne Street. Residents now have a chance to provide feedback on the plans.

Here’s the plan:

• First, Albert Street and Celina Street will be converted to two-way traffic without widening the road, which will have the least impact on existing residents, businesses and on-street parking.

• Eventually, the plan is to widen Albert Street and Celina Street to at least 20 meters (65.6 feet), which would mean the complete reconstruction or large modifications of the existing roads and intersections.

• Convert Brock Street East and Colborne Street to two-way traffic while maintaining the existing width and on-street parking.

The Pros:

• The average traffic speed is lower for a two-way street configuration compared to a one-way system.

• Potential reduction of vehicle and pedestrian conflicts at intersections.

• Greater exposure and access to businesses on a two-way street.

• Reduction of specific types of vehicle collisions.

• Converting roads from one-way to two-ways in low-income neighborhoods may have a positive effect on the crime rate after implementation.

• A two-way street allows bus stops on the same street, directly opposite, simplifying public transport.

The cons:

• Lower speeds can delay travel time.

• The conversion can affect the amount of on-street parking spaces along the road.

• The direct and indirect costs of a two-way conversion may be too high.

Oshawa is seeking public comments on the plans for the two-way street. The community is invited to provide feedback on the preliminary design until noon on Monday, April 25.

Visit Oshawa.ca/ConversionStudy to review the preliminary design.

How to weigh in:

• Residents can provide feedback and ask questions to project lead Ranjit Gill, transportation engineer at 905-436-3311, ext. 2868 or by email at [email protected]

• Or submit a comment by mail, to:

Ranjit Gill, P.Eng., PTOE, PMP

Transportation Engineer, City of Oshawa

50 Center Street South, 9th Floor

Oshawa, ON

L1H 3Z7

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