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Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Letter: Poles along road causing serious safety concerns

Dear editor:

In addition to the extensive series of no parking signs along the road near the Grist restaurant in St. Davids, a brand new and very dangerous road safety issue has resulted from the installation of two rows of approximately four-foot poles that restrict active roadway lane travel.

The new installation was completed in haste on Thursday, Sept. 8.

This new road work traffic control installation is inviting head-on collisions and significant risks associated with large truck and car conflicts.

Somebody is going to die as a result of this. This situation needs to be fixed before somebody gets killed.

It appears the Region of Niagara and the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake may not be working together in a collaborative fashion and the region’s transportation study is lagging behind new roadworks such as this.

In addition, this new installation is another example of poor infrastructure planning, and lack of government transparency, not too dissimilar to how the issues associated with the proposed roundabout are being managed.

The region needs to explain the purpose of the new installation and if there is a need to widen the travelled lanes to eliminate the risk of head-on collisions.

We would be very happy to assist the region and the town in developing a more safe roadway management design than what has currently evolved.

We are two very concerned NOTL citizens.

Peter and Stephanie Rusin

St. Davids