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Vaudreuil-Dorion survey aims to address traffic woes along Henry Ford


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

A week-long traffic survey has been conducted at the corner of Henry Ford Road and Rue des Méandres that will determine whether the Town of Vaudreuil-Dorion will install traffic lights or a three-way stop sign at the intersection.

The City of Vaudreuil Dorion has been conducting a traffic study at the intersection of Henry Ford Road and Rue des Méandres for the past week that will determine the best approach to take regarding improving the flow of traffic – three-way stop signs or traffic lights.

The issue was raised at the Monday evening council meeting on April 15 by a resident who remarked about seeing a nondescript white vehicle that’s been parked for almost one week on southeast side of the intersection.

Collecting traffic data

Mayor Guy Pilon confirmed there was person inside who has been monitoring the traffic and collecting information about how long it takes vehicles to access Henry Ford from des Méandres. “

“We want to fix the problem so the first thing we have to know is how many cars there are, which direction they’re travelling, and how long people are waiting at the corner. We’ll find a way to ease the circulation there but first we have to finish our survey,” Pilon told The Journal.

The week-long survey monitored weekday traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekend traffic from noon until 5 p.m. “We’ll find a solution depending on the wait times for each direction,” said Pilon. “This survey will give us a more precise view of the situation.”

Bi-directional bike path

The city will also finish the bi-directional bicycle path on the east side of Henry Ford. “It stops at des Méandres. We want people to be able to cross des Méandres safely and continue up until Boulevard de la Cité des Jeunes. We will come forward with a proposal in a few weeks. It has to be fixed by June,” said Pilon.

Residents who live in the neighbourhood on des Méandres, Rue de Ruisselet and other side streets recently complained to the city about the long wait times they’ve had to endure at the intersection, especially during the weekday morning rush hour.

Rush hour traffic spillover

The mayor said a major part of the city’s traffic problems stems from motorists who exit Highway 30 North at Exit 2 during the morning rush hour to bypass the persistent daily congestion at the merge to Highway 40 East where Highway 30 narrows into a single-lane stretch of road.

Rather than sit in traffic on Highway 30 and 40, motorists exit into the city and take either Boulevard de la Gare or Cité-des-Jeunes as a way to bypass the traffic, creating a backlog of traffic on city streets. Drivers will then cross the city and re-enter Highway 40 east at the entrances from either St. Charles Avenue or near the Île-aux-Tourtes bridge.

The city is also looking into improving the flow of traffic on the area’s neighbouring side streets by eventually building a two-lane bridge that will connect Rue Émile-Bouchard and Rue des Nénuphars and provide direct access to Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes, said Pilon.

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