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Radical fix posed for region's roads; Ministry weighs driving on the left On-ramp access to Highway 27 poor
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: McGran, Kevin
Date: May 25, 2006
Start Page: R.02
Section: News
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"It's an idea we're looking at," says James Fallows, senior project engineer overseeing the long-term reconstruction of the 427. "I don't know that radical change would go over too well. But at least it's on the table."

"The reaction of the public was 'We're all for change, but why should you consider that one?'" says Fallows. "It eliminates a lot of the left-hand turn movements. If you're eliminating crossing movements that are more dangerous, you could make everything safer."

In truth, the idea may not be that radical. Driving on the left is coming in 2007 to Kansas City, Mo., which has congestion challenges with the city's downtown Front Street approaching Interstate 435. "We're separating Front St. into two little one-way roads, and crossing them on one side of the interchange, and when you get to the other side of the interchange, crossing them back. We don't have any conflicting left turns," says Susan McCubbins, a Missouri transportation project manager. "It increases the capacity of the interchange and reduces the severity and number of accidents."

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