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Pincourt may halt stop sign removal plan


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A group of Pincourt residents is asking council to reconsider a plan to remove three stop signs in their neighbourhood because of speeding concerns.

A plan to remove three stop signs in a Pincourt residential district prompted area citizens to ask Mayor Yvan Cardinal and councillors to reconsider the proposal citing speeding concerns during question period at the Tuesday evening council meeting, February 14.

It was the second time the group of about eight residents present made their plea. They made the same request at the January session and are hopeful that this appearance will inspire the town to scrap the plan altogether, said resident Heather Stewart.

The streets in the area that would be affected are located just north of the Omni-Centre, west of Boulevard Cardinal-Léger and include Rue du Sentier, Rue Boisé-des-Chênes and Rue du Bosquet. The town’s reasoning was that as they assessed the traffic situation in the area, they put up more signs at certain intersections to improve road safety, said Michel Perrier, the town’s Director General.

To compensate for the new signs, individual stop signs would be removed at certain other locations such as T-intersections to improve traffic flow. When residents heard about the plan in mid-December, that’s when they formed a small group and decided to make their opposition known to council.

Speeding motorists

Residents want the status quo kept because they said speeding motorists are an issue. While most apparently do not make full stops, the signs at least get them to slow down, said Stewart.

“We have a lot of young children in the neighbourhood,” said Marisa Della Rocca who lives on Boisé-des-Chênes at the corner of du Sentier. “I personally have an eight- and four-year-old and my neighbour has a nine-, seven- and four-year-old. We’re concerned because we’re at the corner and (our kids) ride their bikes on the street. The play and they cross the street to see their friends.”

“It’s dangerous”

“It’s dangerous,” Della Rocca added. “If they remove the signs, our street will become a boulevard. People don’t respect the 30 kilometre per hour speed limit.” She also said it’s possible some drivers could be doing double the speed. “It’s like a race track.”

District 4 Councillor Sam Ierfino supports his constituents’ cause and said it was at his request that the city decided to not proceed with the removal that was planned for mid-January at least until a second review is made by the city’s public security committee.

“If the stop signs were put there to begin with, they have an intended purpose. If they do not pose a threat to safety, and without any other mitigating solutions, my own view is the stop signs should not be removed,” Ierfino told Your Local Journal.

Perrier wouldn’t speculate whether the town will drop its plan because of the upcoming public security review, but said if people wanted more stop signs, that shouldn’t be a problem. When Cardinal was asked for his opinion, he said, “The citizens have already said everything they had to say.”

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” said Stewart. “It’s okay to put signs up but don’t take any down.”

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