Safety at Duke/Notre Dame Street intersection under question again

Mike Carson
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SUMMERSIDE  - A recent two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Duke and Notre Dame Streets has renewed class for a four-way stop at that intersection.

City officials will once again be asked to look at installing a four-way stop at the intersection of Duke Street and Notre Dame Street. The issue is expected to go before the city’s technical services committee in May. 

 

On April 7, Firefighters had to use a hydraulic rescue tool to free a woman trapped in her car following a crash on Summerside's Notre Dame Street.

The woman was the driver of a sedan that collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Notre Dame and Duke streets.

That intersection has stop signs on the Duke Street sides.

Summerside Police Chief David Poirier told the police services committee meeting in January that in the last two years there have been three accidents at the intersection, all involving driver error.

At that meeting, Poirier said he wouldn't recommend a four-way stop sign for the intersection.

Coun. Jim Steele told council last week that he will be raising the issue once again.

“I have made a request for a four-way stop at the corner of Notre Dame and Duke Streets,” Steele said. “I’m hearing it from residents. There was a serious accident down there. The residents contacted me. I went down and I spoke to them.”

Steele said he intends to raise the issue at the May technical services committee meeting.

“We’re going to discuss it there,” he said.

Steele said it is a matter of safety, noting that there are a lot of children in area.

The city counted a traffic count was in August of last year, for east-bound traffic (vehicles travelling on Notre Dame Street), there were 3,200 vehicles proceeding through that intersection in a 48-hour period, with the average speed being 39 kilometres an hour and about the same for west-bound traffic. There was no excessive speed.

mcarson@journalpioneer.com

Geographic location: Notre Dame Street, Summerside

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  • Useless
    May 01, 2014 - 22:03

    I'm sry but a four way stop means nothing... There are two down the road and on numerous occasion drivers just blow threw them. So I don't think placing a four way stop is going to make it any better!

  • No Expert
    April 29, 2014 - 09:41

    Three accidents all due to driver error? Not sure how a four way stop will fix that? It's not even a high traffic area. Don't even need a four way stop by Notre Dame takeout.

  • Andy
    April 28, 2014 - 21:07

    There is a park right at the intersection. 4 way stop is a no brainer even without the accidents. Wouldn't want to have that one on my shoulders if someone was killed there and I had made the recommendation to not put a stop sign there. Wake up.