SCUGOG: A local resident has deemed the intersection of Marsh Hill Rd. and Cragg Rd. in Scugog an "accident waiting to happen," and a worrisome safety hazard for local drivers.
Keith Bacon appeared at Scugog Township council chambers on Dec. 16., to ask Mayor Chuck Mercier and local councillors to look into the improvement of sloping and drainage on the dirt road near his home. Mr. Bacon is concerned with the welfare of his neighbours and visitors to the area, stating that five school buses use the intersection twice per day.
"Recently, there have been four car accidents which I can recall required the police," said Mr. Bacon. "There have also been many more mishaps where people have gotten their vehicles stuck in the ditches and myself and my neighbours have had to pull or dig them out."
Council heard Mr. Bacon state that the issue with the intersection lies in the fact that Cragg Rd. does not line up directly on either side of Marsh Hill Rd., and that after drivers need to accelerate to get up the hill, they find they must pull almost into oncoming traffic and cross a section of Marsh Hill Rd. at low speed to continue. This problem of quick stopping and starting on an inclined and unpaved road is only exacerbated by snowfall during the winter.
"I know the township tries their best," said Mr. Bacon, "but if there is a storm coming, could the township spread salt or calcium before the road is covered in ice and frozen snow? I invite each of you [council members] to drive on that road during the winter and see what we are dealing with."
Mr. Bacon stated that as a tax-payer, he does not wish the township to take drastic and costly measures such as flattening Marsh Hill for the sake of one intersection.
He then asked council to consider sending a road work team to inspect the hill and intersection in question, and to devise an economic means of fixing the dangerous slope, potentially harmful obstacles, and steep ditches of the already twisted and inclined road.
"At the bottom of the hill, Hydro has installed a big hydro pole. If someone were to miss the corner and run off of the road, they would end up directly striking the pole, which has been a concern of mine for as long as I have lived here," said Mr. Bacon. "I’m not sure if we could fix it with a guard rail or a flashing light of some kind, but there aren’t even signs warning of the tricky intersection ahead!"
Mr. Bacon has called the culverts and ditches on the side of Cragg Rd. too small, saying that drainage and spring run off have flooded the basement of his daughter’s home and his fields for four out of the past five years.
"I too would like to have the road paved," said Mayor Chuck Mercier. "We will take the issue into consideration with this year’s budget and road plan."