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'This has never been an unsafe intersection'
to the editor,
February 21, 2014
I was the main voice, on behalf of my neighbours, behind
having the four-way stop signs removed from the intersection of Main
Street and Tecumseth in Beeton.
I am sorry that some would feel this is a questionable move. However, I am not sorry they are being removed. I don't normally
get involved in local government but this has impacted mine and my
neighbours' lives immensely. The noise of trucks squealing and braking
infringes on New Tecumseth noise bylaws. (My son monitored it with a
To say 'remove all the stops signs', is ridiculous, 100 to 200 trucks
per day do not stop on the side streets of Beeton, just local
traffic. The initial traffic study was misinterpreted and did not
justify a four-way at this intersection. There is far more pedestrian
traffic at Centre Street, where two pedestrians were struck by cars
there last summer). Dayfoot is also a bad intersection.
In regards to speed bumps, I was asked for other suggestions, and
stated that Kleinberg and Keswick had installed them. I also suggested
they lower speed limits to 60km/h on Beeton Rd and then lower it to
40km/h coming through town (before the South Simcoe tracks) so that
trucks would not have to brake so close to those residents. A crosswalk
at Tecumseth was another suggestion.
Safety is a big concern and has never been overlooked. My
grandchildren cross here regularly. This has never been an unsafe
intersection. More people have been frightened to cross here now, not
trusting the vehicles to stop. There has been a heavy police
presence to monitor the four-way but generally in off-hours and
weekends when there is less traffic.
I just feel there is a better solution for everyone. Ward 4 councillor
Richard Norcross has planned a meeting in March for residents to offer