1,300 sign High­way 138 pe­ti­tion, next stop town­ship coun­cil

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CORN­WALL, On­tario - The cre­ator of a pe­ti­tion who wants a traf­fic light in­stalled on High­way 138 is wait­ing for a few strag­glers be­fore sub­mit­ting her doc­u­ment to town­ship coun­cil.

Kim Ariagno, a mother of two who said a traf­fic light is needed at a busy 138 in­ter­sec­tion with Head­line Road, said she’s got about 1,300 sup­port­ers and her next move will be to go to South Stor­mont look­ing for some po­lit­i­cal clout.

“I am ask­ing for a traf­fic light but hop­ing that this re­quest brings enough at­ten­tion to the area,” said Ariagno. “I think we need a change and that could be a light or putting in a school zone.

“The light may not be the an­swer but it’s a start to find­ing out what is needed to put in safety mea­sures along the 138.

The em­bat­tled high­way has be­come a light­ning rod for crit­i­cism, af­ter sev­eral ac­ci­dents, in­clud­ing some fa­tal­i­ties.

A spec­tac­u­lar col­li­sion ear­lier this month at the cor­ner of the 138 and Head­line Road re­sulted in no in­juries, but de­bris was strewn across the high­way and mo­torists had to leave the safety of their ve­hi­cles to di­rect traf­fic be­fore po­lice were on the scene.

The Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion is ul­ti­mately re­spon­si­ble for putting a light at the in­ter­sec­tion, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from that agency are ex­pected to sit down with South Stor­mont coun­cil to dis­cuss the per­ils of driv­ing on High­way 138.

“We will con­tinue to dis­cuss meet­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with them and are com­mit­ted to in­form­ing them of our sug­gested plans for High­way 138,” Brandy Duhaime, a min­istry spokesper­son, said in an e- mail to Se­away News re­cently. “Cur­rently we have a traf­fic study un­der­way.”

But just what that traf­fic study will rec­om­mend re­mains to be seen. MTO has a record of eight ac­ci­dents at that cor­ner in the last five years, but notes they are not un­com­mon for the ge­og­ra­phy of the in­ter­sec­tion.

“All of the col­li­sions in­volved two ve­hi­cles, and were of a type not un­usual at an in­ter­sec­tion e. g. turn­ing, side swipes and rear-ends,” Duhaime’s e-mail reads.

“We are still re­view­ing all of the data and dis­cussing po­ten­tial im­prove­ments along this cor­ri­dor. The county and the pub­lic will have the op­por­tu­nity to com­ment on the rec­om­mended im­prove­ments once the study is fin­ished and spe­cific needs are iden­ti­fied.”

It’s un­clear when the study will be com­pleted.

“I am pleased with the re­sponse I’ve re­ceived and look for­ward to what the study de­ter­mine,” said Ariagno.

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