UPDATED Nov. 18, 2016 6:30PM: Electrical problems solved and all functioning as planned.
Motorists using the Cavendish/Kildare intersection will find it easier to get through the intersection starting November 15, thanks to a new split phase configuration.
In my short stint as mayor late last year I struck a task force to study the traffic light sequencing in order to improve pedestrian safety without impeding traffic flow. Consultants returned with proposed modifications so that motorists travelling westbound on Kildare will be able to drive through the intersection at Cavendish while traffic in the opposing direction waits. This allows drivers to turn left (or turn right, or go straight) without opposing traffic.
To help visualize the change, imagine you are a driver who left the JPPS/Bialik campus and is heading west along Kildare towards the police station. When you approach the traffic light at Cavendish Blvd., you can use the left or middle lane to turn left or the middle lane to go straight. Motorists coming from the opposite direction will have a red right, which will allow you to turn left (or to go straight) without having to worry about oncoming traffic.
Likewise, motorists coming from the opposite side will have their chance to move through the intersection without interference.
Just as many vehicles as before will be able to pass through the intersection. However, the process will be less stressful and far safer.
Motorists and pedestrians alike will benefit as less distraction and confusion means more attention paid to the pedestrian. Pedestrians will only have to look out for vehicles in one direction, and motorists will be able to look out for pedestrians, not oncoming cars.
Of course, pedestrians should always use the crosswalk signal and when available walk with the crossing guard.
Once the change it made, please let city engineers know what you think about it and if it has helped your driving experience. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I continue to head up the task force on traffic priorities that meets several times each year to review local policies and the Quebec Highway Act in order to make our roads, intersections and crosswalks safer. A major example of our work was the speed limit reduction along Fleet Road in conjunction with the Town of Hampstead. Pedestrian safety is at the top of our list as we continue to study ways to modernize and improve our 147 roads in Cote Saint-Luc. What ideas would you like to share?