Study determines traffic lights not needed at intersection

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Traffic lights are not warranted at a potentially dangerous intersection based on current traffic counts.
That is the findings of a study, conducted by Atlantic Road and Traffic Management, of the intersection of McClures Mills Road, Lower Truro Road and James Street.
"When I read this over the weekend I was shocked," Coun. Diane Bennett-Cook said at yesterday's council session. "You may get to go right if you're really lucky but going left is virtually impossible."
Director of public work Andrew MacKinnon, who is also the town's traffic authority, said there could be other things to explore other than putting up lights.
One of the reasons it is difficult to get out of the intersection is because of the steady flow of traffic coming from Willow Street. But MacKinnon said banning right turns on red lights at that intersection may not be the answer either.
MacKinnon said he would have more detailed discussions with its traffic engineers.
The issue was raised earlier this year as councillors discussed a development proposal of a multi-unit residential property on Wynn Road, off of Lower Truro Road. At that time residents wrote to council and said it is often dangerous to join the flow of traffic at the intersection.
At that point a staff report said the intersection would need to be realigned with traffic signals in the future.
Coun. Sharron Byers suggested the team should look to the future with increased traffic suspected with the opening of the new hospital on Abenaki Road and the proposed civic centre expected to be located across the street. When that infrastructure is complete further development is possible on the side streets.
The town will use the information during upcoming budget proceedings.

Geographic location: Lower Truro Road, Atlantic Road, McClures Mills Road James Street Willow Street Wynn Road Abenaki Road

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  • Sam
    January 18, 2010 - 10:09

    While I agree the intersection is question is definately an issue, focusing on it isn't the answer. Doing that woul dbe typical of the problem with the planning in this town - it's tunnel visioned.

    Intested of looking at the issue at one intersection the entire traffic flow patter through the town needs to be evaluated at the same time. This way, when they look at making one change they can see how things will domino onto other intersections and arteries. From this work they could develop a master traffic flow reallignment program .

    It would seem this is another example of our town needed planning services at a level the current people in place to perform it cannot deliver. As long as the town fails to think and plan big picture we're never going to see any overall improvement - we'll just be moving our problems around town.

  • Timmy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:08

    How did Brookefield do it?

  • Rob
    January 18, 2010 - 10:05

    Now if we could fix the ridiculous timing on the lights at the Superstore exit on Elm St, figure out how to prevent cars from running into each other at Prince and Walker, and get rid of about 80% of the stop signs on Brunswick, Arthur, Victoria, Duke, King, Dominion, Pleasant and Young Street, maybe we could get things moving!

  • JOhn
    January 18, 2010 - 09:51

    Guess someone needs to lose their life before common sense prevails. That intersection is one of the worst on the entire Atlantic seaboard. It is typical of governments to hide behind traffic volumes as their excuse for inaction. It's the same in Canada and in the States.

  • flogger
    January 18, 2010 - 09:42

    May as well pee up a rope if you think you're going to appeal to any common sense decision making in this town ....

  • Timmy
    January 18, 2010 - 09:39

    My oh my town county let's go

  • ArthurStRes
    January 18, 2010 - 09:37

    Why do so many people think that taking all the 4 way stop signs is a good idea? I live on Arthur St and even with people stopping or with their rolling stop, it is hard to get out of my driveway. Also, if these stop signs are taken down, all that road will become is for people to do 80 down it because it will be a straight stretch of road for them. As it is, people gun it from one stop sign to the other. Than you have the ones on Thurs-Sat nights coming down the street after being at the bars. If these signs are taken down, there will be accidents on these streets. Think a life is more important than you getting home 5 mins faster or the inconvenience for you to stop at these stop signs.