Tori Sutton, Stratford Gazette
A city councillor is calling for action on installing marked crosswalks on busy streets in the city.
At Monday’s meeting under new business, Coun. George Brown once again broached the subject of the dangers of having students cross Huron and Mornington streets.
The problem is especially bad on Huron Street, and crossing guards continue to contact the city to express their concerns, he said.
“Crossing guards are very nervous about going out in the middle of the road,” Brown said. “They’re saying they’re not going to do it for very much longer.”
The crossing guards report many near misses, cars speeding and vehicles not slowing down when they are helping students across the road.
Brown said council can either wait until someone is hit and seriously injured – or worse, killed – or it can choose to do something about the situation now.
Along with marking the crossings with lights, he suggested the city investigate the purchase of solar-powered signs that display the speed of passing vehicles and the posted speed limit.
“We can come up with some solution to make it work,” he said.
Interim solutions, such as restricting traffic to one lane to slow speeds during school crossing hours have been suggested in the past, he added.
The councillor planned to raise the matter at upcoming meetings of the public works and protection to persons and property subcommittees.
“We’ve got to get it done or else we’re going to see some injured people,” Brown said. “We’re going to see some lawsuits.”
Mayor Dan Mathieson confirmed the city has been in contact with the province about the issue, since Huron Street is a connecting link.
The mayor suggested the item be placed on upcoming agendas and city staff work with the police department to identify practices that can be implemented in the meantime.
“There are various strategies that could be put in place in the short term,” Mathieson said.