Better signs installed in Bridgwater

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This article was published 30/04/2021 (520 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

My first column of 2021 was about my wish list for the neighbourhood, which touched on speed, road safety and road design.

What didn’t make it to paper, but no less important, was the fact that I also felt that the city needed to take a serious look at the intersections of North Town Road and Kenaston Boulevard – I use the plural because Kenaston is split into north- and southbound lanes by Bridgwater Centre.

At issue is the high number of drivers who turn the wrong way on to Kenaston, either heading north on the southbound side or vice versa, heading south on the northbound. Over the years, I have lost count of the number of times I have witnessed it first-hand and I know that I am not alone in that experience.

Debbie Ristimaki The often-confusing intersections of Kenaston and and North Town Road in Bridgwater have at last been given better signage.

The design at Kenaston and South Town Road and Kenaston and Bison Drive is similar, but I cannot say if and how often the situation occurs at those points.

I have reached out to 311 on numerous occasions and even engaged our Waverley West councillor, Janice Lukes, on the issue.  I was convinced that a serious accident was waiting to happen, as these drivers were turning into oncoming traffic travelling at upwards of 80 km/h.

You may ask how that is possible. My answer has always been and remains: “I don’t know. All I know is that it keeps happening.”

Distracted driving aside, other possibilities include poor driver training and insufficient signage. After all, it could be said that it is not abundantly clear that you can only turn one way.

I am not taking credit but I am pleased to say that persistence and having a city councillor who listens and is actively involved in the community, pays off. It may have taken years but additional signage has now been installed. Only time will tell if it makes a difference but, it is a positive step in the right direction.

If it doesn’t, then we know the real problem is distracted driving and/or driver training – both of which are larger issues.

Next on my list? 

Understanding how and why, during a pandemic, when we are told to physically distance and not congregate, the City of Winnipeg tells residents that they have to go to city hall to obtain a copy of their tax bill.

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki
Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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