The intersection of Willow Avenue and Northumberland Street, near Summerside’s Elm Street Elementary, will soon become a standard ‘T’ intersection, with the stop sign on Willow removed and the yield sign at the north end of Northumberland replaced by a stop sign.
The issue was discussed at Tuesday’s technical services committee meeting.
Committee chair Coun. Cory Thomas said after receiving numerous complaints, the department’s staff looked at the intersection and proposed the change.
“Willow Avenue never used to extend out to Greenwood Drive,” said the department’s director, Aaron MacDonald. “When Willow got extended... and with back access out of the CUP (Credit Union Place), there is more traffic on Willow. If you are driving on Willow one way, you have to stop. If you are driving on Willow the other way, you don’t have to stop. It’s not the typical signage for a ‘T’ intersection.”
There will no longer be stopping required on Willow Ave., while northbound traffic on Northumberland Street will have to stop at the intersection.
A new ‘stop sign ahead’ sign will be installed on Northumberland Street, 30 metres from the intersection and removed in three to six months.
The changes will be made within the week, said MacDonald.