Traffic lights in Beeton timed with Sorbara development
A staff report to council, which was deferred last night to a future
meeting pending broader notice to Beeton residents about its timing on
the agenda, concludes the need for a new traffic light on Main Street
at Tecumseth, will not be required until Phase 2 of the Sorbara
The report was triggered last November after Ward 6 councillor Richard
Norcross (who was absent from last night's meeting) requested
receommendations "relating to the criteria/warrants for the
installation of traffic control signals on Main Street in Beeton."
Traffic control issues have become a hot-button issue in Beeton
following last October's installation of an all-way stop sign at Main
and Tecumseth. Residents in the vicinty have expressed concerns
(including through letters to the editor here) about the impacts of
noise caused by cars and trucks around the clock.
The staff report prepared by Lester Lipiec, New Tecumseth's
Transportation Coordinator, points to the Traffic volume data used for
the analysis of Main Street and Tecumseth Street collected as part of
the 2013 Road Needs Study background information. The counters were
installed on Main Street between Ellison Avenue and Tecumseth Street
Main west of the subject intersection and on Tecumseth Street South
between Main Street and Maple Avenue south of the subject intersection
- from Tuesday, November 8 to Thursday, November 10,
2011. During the period over 13,700 vehicles were recorded on Main
Street and over 1, 000 vehicles were recorded on Tecumseth Street South.
The analysis of existing conditions at the Main Street and Tecumseth
Street intersection was
conducted using two scenarios: 1. Free flow traffic conditions
that would reflect conditions prior to the installation of the allway
stop at the intersection; and 2. Restricted flow traffic
conditions that would reflect conditions after the installation of the
all-way stop at the intersection.
There are three approved developments in Beeton: Rayville Developments,
102 units; Alliance Homes/Walton 262 units; and Sorbara, 598 units.
"Under the current representative traffic conditions and patterns,
neither scenario would fulfill
minimum Provincial criteria to technically justify installation of
traffic signal controls at the
subject intersection. Therefore, the installation of traffic signal
controls at the Main Street and
Tecumseth Street intersection would not be recommended at this time,"
according to Mr. Lipiec's report. "However, subject to the forecast
traffic patterns and volumes of the Master Servicing Plan, the
justification for traffic signal controls at the subject intersection
will be triggered by development of the proposed Sorbara residential
development. It is anticipated that Tecumseth Street South will be
extended further south as part of the Phase 2 portion of the Sorbara
development which may likely to occur by 2016 at the earliest.
Therefore, it is anticipated that the installation of traffic signal
control at the intersection of Main Street and Tecumseth Street will be
triggered by the construction of Phase 2 of the Sorbara development and
to coincide with the extension of Tecumseth Street South."