Goderich Council contemplates pedestrian lights on Highway 21

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Following a fatal accident involving a tanker truck and a local pedestrian early in June, Town Council is contemplating making changes to dangerous intersections in Goderich.

Earlier in the month the Huron OPP and Huron County Paramedic Services responded to a collision at the intersection of Bayfield Road (Highway 21) and Blake Street East.

The site of the accident was in a school zone, a primarily residential area. The recent fatal collision prompted Town Council to consider making changes to ensure the safety of pedestrians crossing the four-lane highway as well as other problematic areas in Goderich.

“We had a tragic accident on Bayfield Road regarding a very well known citizen in our community,” lamented Councillor Trevor Bazinet.

“I’d like to see something done with the intersection of Blake and Bayfield and Bennett and Bayfield.”

Members of Council brought forward suggestions of conducting a traffic study at high-traffic and dangerous intersections or installing pedestrian lights for safe crossing forth.

“We can do a traffic study in the area of those two intersections. It is a busy intersection and we could put some costing together and bring a report back [to Council],” explained the newly appointed Director of Operations, Sean Thomas.

It was concurred by members of Council that installing pedestrian lights might be beneficial to slow traffic down on Highway 21.

“We all know that is a certain area where drivers pick up enough speed and there are blind spots, if we can avoid anything in the future, that would be fantastic,” added Coun. Bazinet.

A study will be conducted and members of Council will review results in order to discuss next steps.

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