Traffic on Pleasant Street has the right of way through the intersection at Herbert Street.
BELLE HATFIELD PHOTO
By Belle Hatfield
Yarmouth town council wants the town’s traffic authority to take another look at the intersection at Herbert and Pleasant streets. There is a two-way stop sign at the intersection. Traffic on Pleasant Street has the right of way. Councillors want to understand the criteria used to determine traffic patterns, why the intersection does not warrant a four-way stop sign.
In introducing the motion, Councillor Phil Mooney said he was prompted to raise the issue by a recent spate of complaints from people who have had accidents or near accidents at the intersection.
The issue was raised last year after a serious accident at the intersection. No changes were made at that time.
Councillors said they have heard about more accidents there over the last couple of months.
Council wants the traffic authority to examine all pertinent information from the town’s RCMP in a review of the intersection.
“That is probably one of the most dangerous intersections in this community,” said Councillor Ken Langille in seconding the motion.
The opening of Charles Crosby Drive (formerly Brooklyn Street) has significantly changed traffic patterns on Herbert Street, which used to be a dead end behind the Yarmouth Mall. Now it is an access road for Walmart and Atlantic Superstore and is increasingly used to avoid traffic on Starrs Road.
The town’s CAO, Jeff Gushue, said the traffic authority uses traffic and accident statistics in assessing traffic patterns and offered a warning. He said if people do not report fender benders and other minor accidents, there is no way to capture the information in the statistical database.
“If you have a fender bender you really should report it. Not only because you have had an accident, but because it will help in decisions about four-way stops and other traffic control issues,” he said.
Recent changes to the Motor Vehicle Act have raised the threshold for which accidents require notification to the RCMP. As of May 10, drivers are required to report the accident if the damage to all vehicles involved exceeds $2,000. It used to be $1,000.