North Perth extends Wallace one-way block trial for six more months

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LISTOWEL – North Perth council voted in favour of extending the one-way block trial on Wallace Avenue South for six more months. On Nov. 1, Manager of Operations Lyndon Kowch presented a report recommending that the trial be extended until April 30.

Some concerns regarding parking and pedestrian traffic signals raised by the public have been addressed. Kowch said they have already repainted and reinstated the accessible parking spot in the most easterly spot along that side of Main Street West and three of the spots on Main Street East.

“The four-way stop at Elma and Wallace which was considered to be a very positive change is already in the bylaw and to be kept,” he said.

As the trial continues, Kowch said the signal cycles at the intersection of Main Street and Wallace Avenue will be modified and monitored to see how they impact pedestrian movements.

“Beyond that, we looked at the winter conditions and the ability to test the trial through the winter period,” he said. “We will have to permanently mount some signs simply because they are large and they will need to be anchored during winter conditions and plowing. We’ve talked about plowing already and will be doing some minor changes and modifications to the intersection to prepare it for winter.”

Coun. Julie Behrns noted that the recommendation talked about the extension of the trial with a recommendation that the trial is made permanent. She said that sounded as if a decision was already made.

“I just personally don’t like the wording of the recommendation,” she said. “I’m not saying which way I am on for the trial.”

Following discussion, it was decided the motion would only request staff provide an updated report in the spring.

Coun. Terry Seiler raised concern about the visibility for truck drivers of the ‘no left turn’ sign when approaching the intersection from the east.

“You can see that sign coming up to it but when you get to the stop bar with a truck that sign is not visible,” he said. “You were going to move that up onto the light (bar) so that when you are looking at the red light you can also see that sign, and I think that’s where that sign has to be.”

Kowch said those signs have been ordered and will be installed shortly.

Kasenberg asked Coun. Neil Anstett to move the motion to extend the trial until April 30. Anstett said he would not move it.

The motion was carried with a vote of eight to one. Coun. Matt Richardson was absent and Anstett voted against the extension of the trial.

Kowch said a separate report with recommendations to implement a restricted left onto Main Street East from Wellington Avenue during the peak hours of 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. will be brought to council.

Colin Burrowes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner

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