Traffic flow at the Herbert Street/Pleasant Street intersection is expected to remain the same.
Traffic on Herbert Street proceeds through a two-way stop sign at the intersection of Pleasant Street.BELLE HATFIELD PHOTO
Yarmouth’s traffic authority David Ernst told the town’s CAO in a written memorandum that the volume of traffic does not warrant a four-way stop and he recommends against any changes. In his memorandum he writes that a four-way stop would “disrupt through traffic flow from Starrs Road and increase intersection delay for drivers.”
Council requested the review in response to complaints that councillors Ken Langille and Phil Mooney said they had received.
An RCMP review of the intersection found that there have been nine reportable motor vehicle accidents, including one pedestrian fatality, at the intersection of Pleasant and Herbert streets since 2009.
In his report to the town’s CAO, Staff sergeant Kevin Surette wrote that the number of accidents was “far from excessive”, but acknowledged that sometimes “confusion reigns supreme” along the Pleasant Street corridor. He concluded adding more stop signs would not be the solution.
“The bottom line is that drivers are not paying attention to not only the traffic signs controlling their direction of travel, but those at intersecting roadways as well,” he wrote.
There is a two-way stop sign at the intersection. Traffic on Pleasant Street has the right of way.
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 traffic authority uses traffic and accident statistics in assessing traffic patterns. In evaluating traffic control, the traffic authority is guided by the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada. Among the criteria it cites is the number of collisions. According to the manual, intersection statistics on volume, wait times and collisions that Ernst reviewed do not merit installation of a four-way stop sign.