Since taking office I have received many emails and calls regarding the intersections of:
- Canadian Shield Avenue and Great Lakes Avenue
- Canadian Shield Avenue and Maritime Way
- Great Lakes Avenue and Maritime Way
These intersections are critical connections for the surrounding community. Unfortunately, when they were designed and installed with brick interlocking in place of a crosswalk, no stop controls were introduced. This design has created much confusion for both pedestrians and drivers and has been a serious safety concern of mine for some time.
Example of the brick interlock crosswalk currently in place at the intersections of Canadian Shield Ave and Great Lakes Ave, Canadian Shield Ave and Maritime Way, and Great Lakes Ave and Maritime Way
With safety in mind, I undertook the addition of a variety of Temporary Traffic Calming measures in the last two years, including:
- Gateway Signage of 40km/h
- A speed display board on Maritime Way
- “Pedestrian Ahead” signage in both directions approaching the intersection of Great Lakes Avenue and Canadian Shield Avenue
These are in addition to previously implemented safety improvements such as an “Elderly Crossing” sign near the intersection of Great Lakes Avenue and Maritime Way. In conjunction with these measures, educational campaigns have not improved the behaviour of motorists and serious safety concerns remain prevalent.
After my requested review of each intersection, Traffic Services found that the intersection of Great Lakes Avenue and Maritime Way did meet the newly approved All-Way Stop Control Warrants. Unfortunately, their findings did not support the installation of All-Way Stop Controls at both Canadian Shield Avenue intersections.
At Transportation Committee on Wednesday, December 2nd, I intend to table a report for All-Way Stop Controls to be installed at the remaining two Canadian Shield Avenue intersections at Great Lakes Avenue and Maritime Way. Should this report be approved by Committee, it will be brought for approval to City Council the following week. Once this report has been approved, we can anticipate that in the Spring of 2021 all three intersections will have All-Way Stop Controls.
December 9, 2020 Update:
Last week, Transportation Committee received my report for the installation of All-Way Stop Controls at the Canadian Shield Avenue intersections at Great Lakes Avenue and Maritime Way. This morning, City Council approved this report, and we can anticipate that in the Spring of 2021, all three intersections will have All-Way Stop Controls.
Safety of pedestrians is always a priority for me. Thank you to everyone in the community for your patience as I worked to get this approved. I look forward to the new stop signs being installed in the spring.
Thank you for reaching out to share your suggestions and concerns and thank you for your patience as I work to improve the safety of pedestrians in this area.