WOOL­WICH

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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.”

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