SUMMERSIDE - The intersection of Notre Dame and Duke streets was once again before the city’s police services committee, Tuesday night, following a complaint from a resident over safety concerns.
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Summerside is looking into safety concerns at the intersection of Notre Dame and Duke streets. Some residents want a four-way stop established to help control the flow of traffic.
The issue arose a couple of years ago and the city considered putting in a four-way stop, but eventually decided against it.
Summerside Police Chief David Poirier told the committee that in the last two years there have been three accidents at the intersection, all involving driver error.
“It was brought to council about three or four years ago and it didn’t receive approval for a four-way stop or anything else,” he said. “I got one of my staff to research this intersection and in the last two years, there have been three reported motor vehicle accidents at this intersection. Thankfully, they were all non-injury.”
Poirier said in two of the accidents, the vehicles that were stopped on Duke Street at the stop sign assumed it was a four-way stop. They proceeded through the intersection and were struck by another vehicle.
“In the third, the driver rolled through the stop sign on Duke Street,” he said. “The three accidents are proven to be driver fault, driver inattention.”
He said there is a flashing overhead amber light for east and west bound traffic and a red flashing light for north and south bound traffic.
“The last traffic count was in August of last year, for east bound traffic (vehicles travelling on Notre Dame Street), there was 3,200 vehicles proceeding through that intersection in a 48-hour period with the average speed being 39 kilometres an hour,” he said. “I suspect the same would true for west bound traffic, give or take a few. There was no excessive speed. The accidents were driver inattention. The stop signs are very visible. The red flashing lights are there. I don’t know if a four-way stop is going to cure all.”
Poirier said he wouldn’t recommend a four-way stop sign for the intersection.
“That would be three four-way stops in less than a kilometer,” he said.
Poirier said he will be asking the city’s technical services department if it has any suggestions that could alleviate the concern.
Another traffic issue has surfaced at the intersection of Greenwood Drive and Pope Road from residents trying to exit Greenwood Drive on to Pope Road.
Poirier said he will bring that intersection up with the technical services department for review and any recommendations they see that could help the situation.