BY FAR THE BIGGEST problem point in both townships was the Arthur Street and Sawmill Road roundabout near St. Jacobs, which saw 31 collisions in 2017. However, the roundabout accounted for only about a third of the total 94 collisions recorded at intersections along the Arthur Street thoroughfare. Of those, more than a fifth (20) of the collisions took place between 5 and 6 p.m.
A further 13 accidents occurred at the Listowel Road/ Union Street intersection in Elmira, followed by another ten at Scotch Line, just south of that point.
While the numbers are unlikely to see substantial improvements, both the roundabout and Listowel Road intersections have been flagged to the region for a review. In the shortterm, the region will be looking at ways to improve traffic at both.
“Basically, what we’ve heard from people is that there are queing problems and inefficient operations at the intersections,” said Geoffrey Keyworth, acting manager for transportation planning in the region. “We’ve committed to doing an assessment of traffic operations at those two intersections, and looking for minor geometric fixes that might ease congestion if we find it.
“So minor things would not include widening the road or making the roundabout larger than it is, for example. So we wouldn’t be adding lanes, but we might be tweaking geometry.”
A possible minor fix would be to extend the tapering lanes at the roundabout, said Keyworth, to allow for better merging.
“So we plan to do that sometime within the next year or two.”