Town to stick with three-way intersection

Darrell Cole
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Town to stick with three-way intersection

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."

Geographic location: AMHERST, Albion

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  • ed
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Good Start-Now maybe they can start on my pet peeve-all the wasted time and fuel wasted sitting on Victoria St waiting for the lights on Laplance St to change. Particularly in the evening when the traffic is non -existant.

  • JE
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Theres a good idea. Needs some better signage, and soon as they remove the old lights, people will stop staring at them looking confused.

    But it appears to work really well.

  • disapointed in the dis
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Very disapointed with this result, I had witnessed 4 cars all going though the stop sign, not stopping just following the others. People please know what STOP means, the next time i will be taking licence plates and reprorting you to the police.

  • Jodi
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    That's what i was hoping for, much better this way!

  • CountryBoy
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    This is a good decision, now if they can get the delay flashing lights fixed on Victoria St in front of Tim Horton's, it is extremely frustrating going east to have no cars coming from the other direction and still have to wait for the flashing green on the other side. I avoid downtown like the plague due to these lights.

  • Barbara
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Excellent. The traffic does seem to flow smoother with the 3 way stop. Now, how about making Victoria & Church a three way with stop signs? Then people can use the crosswalk without worrying about cars turning into them (Or, turn the traffic lights back to the way they were... Church goes, Victioria goes, then all three crosswalks go).

    For those that have seen cars go through the stop signs... I've seen cars go through the lights when they were still up, and cars go through stop signs at other places (the 6-way stop is one of those dangerous places)

  • Green Me Up
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Time to review some of the other lighted intersections as well.
    Wouldn't hurt to review some of the
    many 4-way stop intersections as well.
    Most of these decsions were made to accomodate the pedestrian traffic to & from the schools. Since the locations of
    some of our schools have changed, I think it is time to re-think the placing of the 4-ways.

  • Yay no lights!
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I'm glad they agreed to remove these lights. They were a nuisance.

    To echo the comments of the others, something needs to be done with the lights @ Victoria and Church! They are absolutely frustrating - especially when travelling east. Both sets of downtown lights also seem to cause many near misses for pedestrians when cars are turning right and not paying attention to the walk lights.

    Fix 'em!

  • Juanita
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Well I would have to disagree with this. I have witnessed many cars that DO NOT STOP because the stop sign is well before the cross walk and many cars just continue going through without stopping or even yielding. I guess the studies and not studied enough!

  • qwerty
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    The town should consider more stop signs & parking control on Hickman street. It has a school, park & one of the busiest stores in town, but only 1 stop sign on the entire street. it`s hard to come off Mission onto Hickman with so many cars stopping in front of the Highland Market. It`s an accident waiting to happen.