Motorists in Simcoe and Waterford will soon have to familiarize themselves with new, all-way stop intersections.
In response to a deputation in 2018, Norfolk County has approved the installation of an all-way stop at the intersection of Argyle Street and Lynndale Drive in Simcoe.
Through traffic has been the rule on Lynndale at Argyle for many years. The county is imposing controls because increased density and traffic in this part of Simcoe has raised pedestrian safety concerns, especially as it relates to crossing from one side of Lynndale to the other.
A traffic study earlier this year confirmed that Lynndale Road carries a high volume of traffic. More than 350 were recorded during the peak hour of an eight-hour survey in March.
The other all-way stop will be installed at the intersection of College Street West and John Street in Waterford. The road in this area was recently rebuilt and the T-intersection aligned closer to 90 degrees.
“It was determined that – even with the re-alignment – adequate sight-lines could not be achieved for vehicles approaching from the east on College Street due to an existing house on the south-east corner,” a report to Norfolk council from engineering director Mike King said.
“In order to mitigate the sight-line issue as well as provide increased pedestrian safety where new sidewalks and a crosswalk have been installed, staff is recommending that an all-way stop condition be installed.”
Norfolk council approved the changes on Oct. 13.