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Traffic lights in Beeton timed with Sorbara development

Posted January 14, 2014

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 sudivision build-out.

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."

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