Growth drives changes to Port Stan­ley in­ter­sec­tion

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - FRONT PAGE - LAURA BROADLEY lbroadley@post­media.com

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.

LAURA BROADLEY/TIMES-JOUR­NAL

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.

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