BLAKE WOLFE The Standard
SCUGOG: Scugog staff will consult Durham police in their review of a Port Perry resident's request for traffic calming measures along Old Simcoe Rd., which he said is warranted due to an increasing number of pedestrians living in the Chimney Hill Way neighbourhood, along with an increased amount of vehicles traveling the roadway.
Matthew Schurter appeared before council during a May 13 meeting, with a proposal for the township to investigate possible measures to reduce speeds along the road. He explained that while walking from the subdivision on the west side of Old Simcoe Rd., he and his family, along with other neighbours, often wait for numerous cars to pass before attempting to cross the busy roadway, adding that many of the vehicles appear to be travelling in excess of the posted 50 kilometre speed limit. Currently, there are no traffic controls along Old Simcoe Rd. at any of the intersections between Reach St. and Queen St., where Chimney Hill Way is located.
"Crossing the intersection on foot is important to us to be able to enjoy all of the things that Port Perry has to offer pedestrians," said Mr. Schurter, adding that while "for each barrier to pedestrians, it's one more reason that will prevent people from walking," his main issue is for the safety of those living in the neighbourhood, which includes several younger children, including his own.
The matter had not been taken to Durham police prior to his appearance at council, said Mr. Schurter.
Public Works and Parks Director Ian Roger said that the last study on traffic controls at the intersection was conducted approximately seven years ago, explaining that a stop sign was not warranted then and that little has changed to justify one now. Mr. Roger added that as traffic counts have not increased significantly along Old Simcoe Rd. over recent years, the intersection would possibly be a candidate for a small traffic circle, "balancing the matters of traffic volume and safety," as opposed to measures such as speed bumps or speed humps, found in some neighbourhoods where their purpose is to slow speeds along the length of the entire road as opposed to a single intersection.
While councillors and staff did not make a decision regarding the intersection during the recent meeting, municipal staff have been directed to further investigate the matter and to consult with Durham police in their review of the issue.
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