Posted on Friday June 14, 2019 at 10:58 a.m.
Safety demand for new traffic lights
Improved traffic safety is the main reason for new sets of signal lights going up at two of the on-ramp locations to Highway 417 in Prescott-Russell.
"To enhance traffic safety," stated Brontë Walker-Moores, Ontario Transportation media liaison, in an email response to a query about the reason for new traffic light setups at the on-and-off ramp intersections for Highway 417, in Champlain and Russell townships.
The one traffic light installation, at the Rockdale Road intersection near the boundary of Russell Township with the Village of Vars, has been an ongoing project for the past year. It has undergone one refit because the traffic light poles were set up in the wrong location the first time. Plans to relocate the poles to their correct site are delayed because the wet spring weather, this year, has created a high-water table, and the contractor has to wait for the groundwater level to drop before putting in the concrete footings this summer for the poles.