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Monday, February 26, 2024
Letter: Virgil traffic lights are out of synch with traffic flow
Letter to the editor. File

Dear editor:

I’m not alone in noting that the recent recalibration of the traffic light at Field Road and Niagara Stone Road in Virgil as made it both too frequent (oftentimes with few or no left-turning or through vehicles into or out of the LCBO plaza) and too long (with nary a pedestrian in sight).

Consequently, northbound traffic is repeatedly bunched up so as to block the very busy grocery store lot immediately to its south, backing up vehicles attempting to enter or exit it.

In peak visitor periods, increased volumes will only make matters much worse.

Since right-turning vehicles coming off Field or exiting that plaza don’t really need a traffic light to do their thing, a reduction in the frequency and/or duration of those lights will impact only a small number of drivers compared to those forced to stop and idle on Niagara Stone Road.

This being a self-inflicted problem, why don’t we prevail upon Niagara Region to remedy it by finding a less-obstructive compromise, something easily accomplished with the new timers that are now in place?

Bruce Dickson

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