Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Stop lights planned for Wendover
Motorists won’t be speeding past Wendover anymore soon. There will be a new set of traffic lights at the intersection of County Roads 17 and 19 before the end of the year.
United Counties of Prescott-Russell council (UCPR) accepted a recommendation from its public works committee to have stop-and-go traffic lights installed where County Road 17 intersects with County Road 19 leading into the heart of the Village of Wendover. Whether that also means removal of the current 70-kilometre speed limit for that section of County 17 is unknown.
“It will have to go back to council,” said Marc Clermont, UCPR public works director, regarding removal of the 70kph speed limit reduction.
Earlier this year the speed limit along the Wendover portion of County Road 17 was reduced from 90kph to 70 in response to public worries about traffic safety and the number of accidents which have taken place along that section of the highway.
In a report to the public works committee, Clermont noted that the 70kph speed limit reduces the average amount of travel time along the Wendover portion of County Road 17 by about one minute at most. There are still concerns about traffic safety at the intersection, especially during inclement weather situations like heavy fog, when visibility is reduced.