The intersection at the corner of Church and Albion streets will remain a three-way stop permanently. A review of traffic has resulted in the recommendation that traffic signals damaged in July not be replaced. Darrell Cole - Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - A downtown intersection damaged during the Four Fathers Festival in July will remain a three-way stop.
Amherst Police have completed an analysis of traffic using the Church and Albion intersection and have decided against replacing the traffic signal.
"We have received the results of the traffic signal warrant analysis and traffic lights are not warranted at this intersection," Chief Charles Rushton said Wednesday.
The chief said numbers collected during the analysis were sent to an independent Halifax engineering firm for review and it recommended converting the intersection to a three-way stop. The review considered traffic volumes and pedestrian traffic at various times of the day.
Rushton said the town's public works department is expected to begin replacing the two remaining traffic signals and replace them with an overhead red blinking caution light and the placement of stop signs for the intersection's three entrance points.
In addition, stop ahead warning signs will be placed in advance of the stop signs to alert motorists of the signs ahead.
The intersection was damaged in July when a truck carrying wind turbines through town struck one of the traffic signals. Initially, the plan was to fix the damaged signal and restore the intersection to its previous condition within a couple of weeks.
However, motorists began noticing traffic flowed more freely through the intersection without the traffic signal and the town asked the chief to complete a traffic analysis to determine if the signals were necessary.
At the time, Rushton had noticed better traffic flow through the area, but wanted to make sure replacing the signals with stop signs would not impact traffic at nearby intersections.
The analysis confirmed what the chief was thinking.
"We conducted our own analysis on the other intersections and could not see any great impact. We normally have a bit of a bottleneck on Prince Arthur getting onto Church, but we had that before the traffic lights were damaged," the chief said. "There should be little if any impact on the other intersections. The traffic flowed much better without the traffic lights than with them."