Albert Street intersections at Gore and Andrew will be back at council again tomorrow; the two most accident ridden intersections in the city.
It was recommended that staff be requested to further investigate scenarios and bring a recommendation back to council by the March 5th council meeting to rectify this problem including the reinstallation of the traffic lights at these two intersections.
The Ontaro Traffic Manual states that converting from a specific type of traffic control to signalization may be justified after adequate trial or consideration of less restrictive remedies when satisfactory observance and enforcement has failed to reduce collision frequency.
At these two intersections, motorists are failing to stop at the new stop signs to yield the right of way. It is the belief of city staff that with the passage of time, motorists will become more familiar with these stop signs and accidents will decline.
Although this is not the opinion of many residents.
The city is using the Queen and Andrew intersection as a precedent whereby after the removal of traffic lights, there were many accidents, but after 5 years the accident rate declined to almost none.
Further, the city is currently working with IBI Group, a traffic engineering specialist, on the Downtown Traffic Study. IBI has indicated that a formal intersection safety study of these two locations could be completed for approximately $6,500 to the taxpayer.
This study is in scope with the current Downtown Traffic Study and could be added to that assignment and completed in May of this year.
“Given the number of injury collisions to go along with the other accidents, the safety study would be wise and is recommended to see what, if any, other measures should be taken,” states the city council agenda.