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TRAFFIC – Highland Road-Valleyview Drive intersection gets new signal

The intersection of Highland Road and Valleyview Drive will get a new traffic signal. City Hall said in a news release Monday (Dec. 12, 2022) the new signal will enhance the safety and capacity of the existing four-way-stop-controlled intersection as part of a larger infrastructure project in the area.

Upgrading the intersection from a four-way stop to a traffic signal was identified in the 2019 Valleyview Drive Corridor Safety Study and “is supported by national guidelines set out by the Transportation Association of Canada as the new signal is expected to significantly increase mobility and safety for all road users at the intersection.”

To help road users be aware of the new signal, it will start with a red flashing light in all directions for 72 hours, beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

During this time, drivers will still be required to come to a complete stop as they would at a four-way stop. After 72 hours, the signal will go into normal operation.

As part of the signal system installation, emergency vehicle pre-emption and vehicle detection will provide signal timing for varying traffic volumes throughout the day.

The City said signal operation and timing may require fine-tuning once the new signal is in operation, and road users may experience some congestion on their daily route while the adjustments are worked out.

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1 Comment on TRAFFIC – Highland Road-Valleyview Drive intersection gets new signal

  1. I wonder what it cost? and – why? This 4-way stop has been working extremely well. I use Valleyview Drive 2 times each day with no serious traffic issues. Being alert upon entry to the 4-way stop is all that’s required! The only noticeable congestion occurs with East bound traffic that’s turning Right (heading to Juniper Hills); and that is short term (quitting time Monday to Friday). One requirement to deal with this periodic bit of “traffic” is patience. Who requested this light was required? Again at what cost? Does one of our City Managers live in Juniper? and doesn’t have patience in the right turn lane at quitting time? Probably a similar issue happens at the beginning of the day for those in Juniper Hills when going TO work Mon-Friday? Minor inconvenience solved by leaving home 5 minutes earlier! I wonder where “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” went to?

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