Dangerous conditions at intersection met with checkerboard sign

Eganville – A dangerous intersection in the village where vehicles are frequently jumping the curb and a recent situation with a vehicle almost going out of control was dealt with through extra warnings and a large checkerboard sign at the curve.

Bonnechere Valley council had heard concerns about the intersection of Queen and Patrick streets for some time and last week a checkerboard warning sign was put in place following the approval at an earlier meeting of council. The road curves there and there have been several instances where vehicles have missed the curve and gone onto the lawns instead, jumping the curb. Patrick Street is also known as Highway 41. Queen Street becomes the Fourth Chute Road.

In speaking to council at a recent meeting, Public Works Supervisor Jason Zohr noted the corner does “take a swoop and it looks like the road does go straight ahead” there. He said there are warning signs in place to indicate a stop is ahead.

“We do have a stop sign ahead sign that is very visible,” he said. “The stop sign is very visible.”

He suggested a 48” by 48” checkerboard sign would be a good option to notify drivers since this is an issue.

Councillor Tim Schison said this is an intersection where there have been a lot of near accidents.

“We’ve all seen part of it,” he said. “It is not just a one off.”

While he pointed out he is not in favour of additional signs, usually because they bring on additional maintenance, he said this was an important safety sign.

“If it saves somebody,” he said. “It is repeating over and over again.”

Mayor Jennifer Murphy said it was a good idea to put up a sign.

“This council would kick themselves if someone got hurt,” she said.

Councillor Brent Patrick said the issue has been before council before and needs to be dealt with.

“The only other option is to put a bunch of big boulders there,” he said.

Mr. Zohr said it should be possible to get the sign up rather quickly, in about a week. In fact, it was exactly a week later when the sign was installed.

Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader

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