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Traffic Commission discusses issues

The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

The City's Traffic Commission is pondering a minor traffic change for Main Street. The commission is in initial discussions about possibly allowing left turns onto Main Street from Second Avenue between RBC Financial Group and Curves. "The idea right now is that it there would be no left turns from probably 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday," said Rick Bacon, assistant director of Works and Operations. "The rest of the time, it would allow for left or right turns, which would help alleviate some of the traffic after Bomber games and help traffic flow during non-business hours." Bacon said he was unsure whether anything would materialize from the discussions. It makes sense to limit left turns at the intersection due to the "high volume" of pedestrians crossing at that location, he said. The idea came up at the latest Traffic Commission meeting, held on October 20. In other Traffic Commission news, the group has recommended that a letter be sent to a Tweedsmuir St. resident who earlier this year expressed concern over snowmobilers hitting his trees. The resident wrote in August that during the winter months, snowmobilers traveling from the Fairview Heights apartments parking lot onto the designated snowmobile route are going too fast to make the corner. "Therefore, they are hitting my trees and I fear that they will damage them and possibly kill them," he wrote. The resident had asked the City to install a guardrail near his home to protect the trees. If that is not feasible, he asked that he be allowed to lay a wooden pole on the ground, secured with spikes, to serve as a protective barrier. The Traffic Commission has recommended that the resident be advised that homeowners are responsible for installing fencing and that any fencing must comply with City by-laws. The Traffic Commission includes representation from the City, RCMP and school division.