City of Toronto Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti wants to impose a heavy truck ban 24/7 from Weston Rd. between Albion Rd. and Finch Ave. in the heart of his ward. Trucks will then use Jane St., Islington Ave., Kipling Ave., or Keele Street.
Mammoliti thinks that truckers should use Highway 400 but are trying to avoid the congestion by using other streets.
Those on city council that oppose this permanent heavy truck ban, are concerned that this traffic will spill over to other streets, will may potentially cause problems on those other streets.
The city’s transportation department has reviewed this suggestion and they report that heavy trucks that are unable to travel on Weston Road, between Albion Road and Finch Avenue, will most likely use convenient alternative routes, such as Jane Street or Islington Avenue
Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday, voted against the ban, suggesting it is bad for the economy to ban heavy trucks.
Mammoliti’s plan would definitely divert more trucks up Jane St., said residents of Neames Crescent, whose back yards abut Jane north of Highway 401. They fear more truck traffic would put their homes’ foundations at risk.
Mammoliti’s move is purely political, said Councillor Anthony Perruzza, whose ward includes Jane St.
“That’s grand of Giorgio to chase a few votes on Weston Rd. but Jane St. is already heavily used. It’s as heavily used as Weston,” Perruzza said.
“It’s removing a problem from an area where he thinks he gets a few votes into an area where he thinks he doesn’t get any. The net benefit is a few more votes for Giorgio.
“And if you’re on Jane St., well too bad, so sad. You get more traffic, you get a few more trucks, because we want to turn Weston Rd. into a quieter street.”
Holyday will urge council to reject a 24/7 ban. But if it is approved, he will oppose Mammoliti’s “enormously costly” request to trumpet the ban by having the city send a letter to all property owners in his ward.
With files from Tess Kalinowski
Streets where trucks are banned 24/7
Brimley Rd, 401 to Sheppard (Ward 41)
Brimley Rd., Eglinton to Ellesmere (Ward 38)
Bloor St. W., Jopling Ave to the Mississauga border (wards 5 and 3)
Dufferin St., adjacent to Yorkdale Shopping Centre (Ward 15)
Lake Shore Blvd. E., Coxwell to Woodbine (Ward 32)
Lawrence Ave. E., Mount Pleasant to Bayview (Ward 25)
Wilson Ave., Avenue Rd. to Yonge St. (Ward 16)
Woodbine Ave., Kingston Rd. to Lake Shore (Ward 32)
York Mills Rd., Bayview to Yonge St. (Ward 25)
University Ave., Dundas to College (University is the boundary between wards 27 and 20.)