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Town of Barrhead Making Changes to Main Intersection

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May 23, 2019 at 12:39 pm - Home, Local News
By Erika Chorostil

The Town of Barrhead will be making changes to its main intersection, citing safety concerns.

The existing set of traffic lights at the intersection of 51 Avenue and 50 Street in Barrhead are being removed and replaced with well-lit pedestrian friendly stop signs.

Reports of vision problems depending on the sun position, near-misses with other motorists and pedestrians, and frequent red-light-runners prompted a review of the intersection.

The review found the existing lights do not meet the Provincial safety standards but upgrading them to the correct overhead lights would cost about $175,000.

The 4-way stop change is something other municipalities with similar intersections have moved towards. The Town says it is cost-effective, safer for pedestrians, and has been shown to improve overall traffic flow compared to traffic lights.

Barrhead says the change will occur towards the end of June or beginning of July and will be done quickly with limited interruption to traffic or businesses.

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