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Four-way stop in works for Maryhill intersection

The scene of several severe collisions, one of them fatal, in the last few years, a Maryhill-area intersection will see a host of new safety measures.

The intersection of Crowsfoot and Maryhill roads will become a four-way stop, with flashing lights and rumble strips installed to catch drivers’ attention. The changes were approved by Woolwich councillors meeting June 28.

Previous improvements, including larger stop signs and rumble strips, on the Crowsfoot Road approach to the intersection were deemed insufficient following a fatal collision last October, said director of engineering and planning Dan Kennaley in a report tabled Tuesday night. That collision occurred when a driver stopped on a Crowsfoot approach, subsequently pulling out into the path of a vehicle travelling on Maryhill Road. The addition of an all-way stop means all drivers will have to come to a stop before proceeding through the intersection, reducing the risk and severity of collisions.

Rumble strips, pavement markings, stop bars and flashing signals will warn drivers they’re approaching a four-way stop. An unbudgeted expense, the $13,500 cost will be covered by siphoning money from some other budget lines, pushing off that work until next year, councillors decided.

“You made the residents of Maryhill very happy, because that’s a very dangerous intersection,” said Coun. Bonnie Bryant of Kennaley’s recommendations.

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