(OPINION) – This truck route is a joke with the current infrastructure in place. As a local truck driver that does long haul, the city has created a plan that is not safe.
The lights on the expressway change way to fast and at travelling at 90km/h or even 80km/h it takes a significant distance to stop safely without having to worry about locking your brakes. People seem to forget the average transport truck is 80,000 lbs +.
In order to make this route safer there needs to be concrete dividers along the entire expressway, warning signals at intersections aswell as delaying the cross traffic green light even 2 seconds just to make sure everyone can stop. There needs to be lights or some kind of warning system at Vibert road aswell as Twin City intersections. Kekabeka needs to be lowered to 30km/h.
The main thing is the patience of people driving. Yes transports take awhile to get up to speed, doesnt mean you need to race to get in front of us drivers, and people need to give the trucks space.
As truckers we leave a big space in front of us as a cushion to stop safely, to many times cars will move into that space causing us to push our brakes even harder. Which could cause an unsafe situation.
All of these suggestions should of been put in place before making the change.