Some residents of the hamlet west of Peterborough are lobbying for a four-way stop at the intersection of Country Roads 10 and 9. They say a flashing amber light and one-direction stop is not preventing excess speed and accidents.
“It’s a close-knit community. Losing someone at that corner would destroy us,” said Jackie Daniels, a resident of Mount Pleasant, Ont.
“I’m afraid for my children, walking across the road. Two or three times a week we almost get t-boned trying to cross in the car, trying to get to the bus stop.
Some locals say it is a matter of time before a serious accident occurs at the intersection. Traffic is increasing, speeds are increasing, and the intersection is plagued by poor sight lines.
“It’s just not safe, we’re finding,” said another resident, Joellen Brydon, who plans to address Peterborough County Council about it this month. She says two new subdivisions in the works and the Hwy. 407 Extension expected to bring more traffic into the area in the next few years is fueling her worry.
The County of Peterborough has done a “Road Safety Audit” to measure, among other things, traffic flow and volume. Its early finding indicates no technical rationale for a four-way stop.
And, that’s backed by some residents who told Global News off camera that an all-way stop would “make things worse,” in terms of traffic back up.