There will be two new stop signs installed within the city of Summerside following approval by council at its recent monthly meeting.
A stop sign will be installed at the intersection of Duke and Notre Dame streets, making it a four-way stop.
Discussion about the stop sign started at a previous meeting when Coun. Cory Snow brought forward concerns from residents in the area.
“With the number of people and kids that utilize that area, it’s a necessity. The timing is now to get it done,” said Snow to councillors just before the vote.
The motion was carried 6-1. Coun. Greg Campbell voted against the motion.
The second stop sign will be installed at the intersection of St. Clair Street and Crozier Drive.
At the committee of council earlier this month Coun. Carrie Adams asked committee members to bring a resolution of the next city council meeting to install a stop sign on St. Clair after residents continue to raise concerns about speeding in the area and following a near-miss.
The motion was carried 6-1. Coun. Campbell voted against the motion.
Both motions did not bear the recommendation of the Technical Services staff.
Campbell said he voted against the motion because it was without staff recommendation and because stop signs only work if drivers use them properly.
Coun. Snow credited Campbell's point.
"It will only be as safe as drivers make it. But the goal tonight was to get approval for these stop signs," Snow said.
"We're looking to increase the safety of the area of Notre Dame and Duke Street. There's a lot of traffic in that area from schools, the park, youth clubs and to the boardwalk. People aren't just going to wake up the next day and there be a stop sign there. There will be public notices of the change. We want to get the traffic to slow down."