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Angled Intersection Presents Challenges

Posted By Anthony Dixon
Posted January 15, 2010

operations committee is recommending a traffic count in the village of Killaloe to determine if the minimum criteria for traffic signal installation is satisfied.

As previously reported in The Daily Observer, the county’s accessibility advisory committee recommended a specialized traffic light for the village at the intersection of County Road 512 (Queen Street) and Lake Street be installed for safety reasons. The intersection has some unique properties as it essentially
includes McCarthy’s Lane and Water Street. The multiple intersections don’t meet at a typical 90 degrees. Some of the intersections are offset, some come
in at angles, while Queen Street features a curve at that point and is situated at the top of a hill.

According to Steve Boland, the county’s manager of operations, there were safety concerns about the intersection raised by residents who were particularly worried about people with disabilities attempting to cross Queen Street.

The advisory committee recommended installing an audible traffic signal at the location.

When the advisory committee and Mr. Boland visited the site in November, they also learned residents were concerned about vehicle speeds and visibility at the intersection. The advisory committee’s original resolution was presented to the county’s financial committee, who passed the resolution on to the
operations committee as traffic signals are under that committee’s jurisdiction. Mr. Boland explained to the operations committee that traffic volume, and pedestrian volume at the intersection needs to be determined to see if a signal is warranted.

“The information collected can also be used to determine whether or not the location would meet the requirements for a pedestrian signal,” Mr. Boland said.

Committee members recommended proceeding with the study as well as seeking input from the Township of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards and the Killaloe detachment of the OPP regarding the concerns and possible solutions.

AnthonyDixonis aDailyObserver reporter

Reproduced from http://www.thedailyobserver.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2262580