Residents push for 4-way stop in Trout Creek

Powassan council is trying to determine if the intersectionÊ at Hemlock Road and Hummel Line in Trout Creek needs to become a four-way stop as a result of more traffic in the area and vehicles speedingÊ along both roadways.Ê Ê Rocco Frangione Photo

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Rocco Frangione, Local Journalism Initiative

The intersection of Hemlock Road and Hummel Line in Trout Creek might soon see a four-way stop.

Brian Eckensviller, who lives on Hemlock Road, made that request to council on behalf of area residents.

“Our street was a quiet, rural road, but homes have been going up and the speeding is getting out of control,” Eckensviller told council.

“We have great concerns and something bad could happen.”

The intersection currently has stop signs on Hummel Line.

The request from area residents would see stop signs also go up on both sides of Hemlock Road, which serves as the through traffic street and bears much of the traffic.

Coun. Debbie Piekarski said she recently drove out to the area in question and was “surprised at the number of homes that have sprung up” since her last visit.

“I can see where it’s a busy spot and it merits investigation,” she admitted.

Coun. Randy Hall also paid a visit to the site and told his colleagues he sat and watched the traffic.

Hall called a four-way stop a “necessity,” citing the rolling hills on Hummel Line as one reason, in addition to school buses creating the need to slow traffic down.

Coun. Dave Britton called the issue a “fair request” from the residents. When he asked Eckensviller if speed is a factor, Eckensviller replied yes.

In his letter to council, Eckensviller wrote that families with young children in the area are worried about their safety.

He also wrote that some drivers turning onto Hemlock Road from Hummel Line have had close encounters with vehicles on Hemlock.

Mayor Peter McIsaac said the municipality receives numerous requests for four-way stops and this latest request also will need to be investigated.

McIsaac said the municipality’s traffic and engineering department will carry out sight line tests at the location.

If the department’s investigation doesn’t warrant a four-way stop, then “we’ll have to look at other factors,” McIsaac said.

‘We want to make this decision sooner than later.”

Before he left, Eckensviller told council the residents understand there’s a process to go through, but also said “there’s a feeling of urgency” among them.

Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.