SUMMERSIDE - Requests made by residents for four-way stop signs at three separate intersections were turned down Tuesday, at a meeting of the Summerside technical services committee.
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The Notre DameDuke Street intersection was one of three request that were denied four-way stopd by the city's technical services committee. Mike Carson/Journal Pioneer
The four-way stop signs had been sought for the intersection of Greenwood Drive and Pope Road, at Notre Dame and Duke Streets and at Summer Street and Schurman Avenue.
The city’s police committee had received the requests last month and forwarded them to the technical services department for review and recommendation. In all three cases technical services recommended that none move ahead.
Staff determined that all three intersections meet the requirements of manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices of Canada.
Residents had complained of excessive wait times trying to enter Pope Road from Greenwood Drive at certain times during the day.
The Summerside Tax Centre borders on the intersection traffic is extremely busy in the morning and late afternoon.
Technical Services Director Aaron MacDonald said staff set up a traffic monitoring device at various locations along Pope Road to measure the amount of traffic and found that it didn’t require the installation of a four-way stop.
Councillor Frank Costa said it was his understanding from residents’ complaints that there are two peak periods where difficulties arise in accessing Pope Road from Greenwood drive.
He said the critical times are early morning, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from about 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the late afternoon.
MacDonald said the traffic monitoring device not only counted the number of vehicles travelling along Pope Road but the distance between them. He said from the data collected the intersection did not warrant a four-way stop.
Costa asked if the technical services department had the distance recorded between vehicles during the two peak periods that residents complained about. MacDonald said he would provide those figures to council.
The request for a four-way stop at the intersection of Notre Dame and Duke Street has been a long-standing concerns for residents in the city’s west end. Some residents felt that there were safety concerns at the intersection.
When the issue came before the city’s Police Committee in January, Police Chief David Poirier said the matter came up about four tears ago and a request at that time for a four-way stop had been denied.
He said there have three accidents there in the past two years and all were determined to have been caused by driver error.
He said two drivers assumed it was a four-way stop and proceeded into the intersection and were struck by another vehicle.
In the third accident a driver rolled through the stop sign and was struck.
The issue died on the floor of the committee meeting and no resolution will be brought to the Feb. 18 meeting of city council.