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Glendale Avenue East to be renamed
Lord Mayor Betty Disero chairs Monday’s council meeting. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Glendale Avenue East road, near Niagara College, will have a new name, Niagara-on-the-Lake council decided Monday.

Town council approved the renaming of the road to help visitors find their way around, once the QEW/ Glendale interchange project is completed.

According to the town staff report, the Ministry of Transportation has requested the town council to approve the renaming of the road in order to improve "wayfinding" through the interchange.

A new street name hasn’t been chosen yet and it won’t be required until the interchange construction starts in about a year, the report said.

The provincial review showed there are three roads, in close proximity to each other, with a name “Glendale” in it: Glendale Avenue, Glendale Avenue North and Glendale Avenue East, the report said. The first two roads are contiguous while the latter intersects with Glendale Avenue.

“It is important that we help provide the best wayfinding direction to the three million-plus visitors travelling to the town every year, the majority of whom transit the interchange,” town staff said in a report. “The renaming of Glendale Avenue East to something less confusing will support this goal.”

The QEW/Glendale project between the ministry and the Regional Municipality of Niagara has reached the request for proposal for the design stage.

As the traffic congestion and pedestrian safety at the interchange have been an ongoing concern, the ministry has decided to address the issue by proposing a number of solutions, one of which suggests building a diverging diamond interchange.

The unanimous decision to rename the road was passed at the council meeting without any discussion.