2020-10-21

Traffic signals approved for Wileville intersection

by Keith Corcoran

Traffic lights are coming for a notoriously challenging intersection for motorists to navigate in Wileville.

The decision to establish a control at the site where Highway 325, the William Wile Road, and Logan Road converge was announced online by Lunenburg West MLA Mark Furey.

Following public pressure, talks with Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) officials, and senior-level elected officials, Furey indicated the problematic area is getting "four way traffic lights."

"The work has been approved. The department is currently working through the design details. I will continue to provide timely updates as more information becomes available," Furey told LighthouseNOW.

Hebbville resident, Laura Floyd, posted a dash cam video online three years ago showing a plethora of vehicles travelling through or making turns in the intersection, which she considers problematic and unsafe. She made Furey aware of her concerns, as did others. Her oldest daughter obtained her drivers' licence three years ago and was urged to avoid the area altogether while driving.

Those familiar with the intersection know what a white-knuckle ride it can be leaving the safety of the stop sign to cross Highway 325 to go between the William Wile Road and Logan Road, or cautiously time any kind of left turn.

"It's very unsafe there to make a left-hand turn, for sure," Floyd told LighthouseNOW. "Even going straight through is tricky because cars coming off the [Highway] 103 are going way too fast to begin with; they just carry on that speed."

Furey capped his online announcement of traffic signals and a controlled intersection with a "thank you to the many individuals who reached out to share and express their concerns about this intersection. I have driven it on a number of occasions over the past six weeks and want you to know your voices have been heard ..."

TIR told LighthouseNOW the project was added to the department's 2021-22 highway improvement plan which identifies work five years into the future.

"We are still collecting survey information and traffic volume data for that intersection, which will help inform design details," spokeswoman Megan Tonet explained. "So there is no final decision on the detailed design requirements or timelines."

Meanwhile, Floyd wishes for a resolution to come sooner rather than later.

"I will travel it from time-to-time," she said of the troublesome crisscross of roads. "But I'm hoping it won't take them too long to get the lights in."

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