The (traffic) lights are on in Brookfield

Jason Malloy
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BROOKFIELD - The stop signs were taken down and the flashing lights removed yesterday from the busiest intersection in Brookfield.
There were a few funny faces as motorists approached the intersection around 10:30 a.m. as the new traffic lights were turned on. The lights were approved last fall for the intersection of Highway 289 and Route 2 to ease traffic congestion and improve safety.
Brookfield resident Bruce Gamble watched the work take place from a nearby bench.
"It's a good thing and it should reduce the number of accidents," he said, noting "it is a dangerous intersection when it's busy."
He said it will take more time travelling on Route 2 where traffic used to flow freely but "overall it's worth the inconvenience."
Former Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MLA Brooke Taylor was in cabinet when the decision was made to install the lights. He witnessed the dangers of the intersection first hand and was informed of the problems by residents since being elected in 1993.
"The good citizens of Brookfield and area have been complaining about that dangerous intersections for years," he said. The lights "should make for a safer entrance."
The new lights were a conversation
point around the community yesterday and Taylor said motorists must be aware of the changes.
"They're going to find a big difference. That's the first set of lights in Brookfield."

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Route 2

Geographic location: Brookfield

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  • Rob
    January 18, 2010 - 10:14

    DTIR seems to have a fetish for roundabouts these day, and while they do have their application, I don't feel this is one of them. There was insufficient room at this intersection to begin with to design an intersection to the same standard that DTIR would require had this been submitted by a consultant for approval. (They always hold us to the much higher TAC standard that their in-house designs seldom meet) This is a bit of a cobbled fix by the do as I say and not as I do Department. That said, I still think it has been a long time coming, is a vast improvement over the 2-way stop, and hope it will lead to a safer intersection. Hats of to Brooke for his lobbying for us, he is greatly missed as our MLA.

  • ShawtySay
    January 18, 2010 - 09:56

    I think this is a great idea. I have travelled through there and on severeal occassions have experienced the dangers of the intersection. I hope this keeps everyone safe and out of harms way.

  • Former
    January 18, 2010 - 09:42

    They should have gone with a roundabout, it would have been less of a disruption to the traffic on the main highway. We'll likely see less serious accidents, but there will probably be an increase in rear-ending. Stopping on a highway is never a great idea. At least it is a step in the right direction.

  • Glamourgirl
    January 18, 2010 - 09:37

    Can we get Brooke a Baby to run again? LOL.