Growth drives changes to Port Stanley intersection
If Wastell Homes’ proposed Seaglass development on George Street is approved by Elgin County council, resident Terry Campbell thinks it’s going to cause traffic congestion at one of the Port Stanley’s main intersections.
The intersection of George Street, William Street and Bridge Street is a three-way stop with westbound Bridge Street traffic having the right of way.
The intersection was aligned as a three-way stop because Bridge Street was part of provincial Highway 4 and it is common to give provincial highways the right-of-way at intersections such as the one in Port Stanley, Lloyd Perrin, director of physical services for Central Elgin, wrote in a report.
Central Elgin council voted Tuesday to make the intersection a two-way stop by removing the stop sign for eastbound George Street traffic.
“It’s really a short-term solution to a long term problem,” Campbell said.
Campbell said the proposed Seaglass development of 150 single-homes and four apartments with 360 units will increase the population of the village by almost half.
Even if another road was built behind the Wastell development to connect to Carlow Road, it will still cause congestion because Carlow Road is the main street drivers use to get into the village, Campbell said.
Despite two traffic studies, one on behalf of the developer and one on behalf of the municipality that said there won’t be any traffic issues if the subdivision is built, Campbell thinks there will be gridlock, especially during peak times during the year.
Resident Allen Slater wrote in an email the changes to the intersection are a “reasonable, intermediate step.”
“The real, long-term issues are a second access for the Wastell Development which would reduce traffic at that intersection,” Slater added.
Ward 1 councillor Dan McNeil said the traffic studies speak for themselves.
“There is no solution required for Wastell. The traffic studies . . . determined that no other access, no other issues, except that very odd corner, are required for the subdivision,” he said.
McNeil said the costs to Central Elgin to revamp the intersection are “minor.”
Mayor David Marr said the municipality has been looking at traffic because of applications coming forward for developments in Port Stanley.
“We’ve been looking at the traffic and really, that particular corner has been an ongoing issue anyway,” Marr said.
The traffic study identified a two-way stop would improve traffic flow, Marr said.
The intersection of George Street, William Street and Bridge Street in Port Stanley is a three-way stop that Central Elgin council voted to change to a two-way stop in preparation for new developments. One resident says the changes are a short-term solution to a long-term problem.