Advertisement

Pierrefonds-Roxboro to upgrade major intersection to improve traffic flow

Click to play video: 'One of Pierrefond’s busiest intersections is getting a makeover' One of Pierrefond’s busiest intersections is getting a makeover
WATCH: Pierrefonds is looking at traffic calming measures at one of the borough's busiest intersections. The corner of Pitfield and Thimens will be getting a traffic light and wider merging lanes. As Global's Kwabena Oduro explains, these measures are all part of a pilot project. – Mar 10, 2020

Starting in April, the corner of Pitfield and Thimens will be getting a facelift of sorts in the form of new traffic lights. The merging lanes will also be made wider for drivers.

“We were successful in obtaining the permission from the Minister of Transport,” said Pierrefonds-Roxboro Mayor Jim Beis.

“It will evaluated in terms of the impact it has in the area.”

READ MORE: Pierrefonds-Roxboro bus stop returns after being temporarily out of service: borough mayor

The upgrade, Beis says, will help with traffic flow. “We required a free flow of traffic in this area that would that not only help the commuters on the bus but also the people that are often caught in traffic,” he said.

Click to play video: 'Pierrefonds-Roxboro wants its citizens to weigh in on the future of the borough' Pierrefonds-Roxboro wants its citizens to weigh in on the future of the borough
Pierrefonds-Roxboro wants its citizens to weigh in on the future of the borough – Jan 31, 2020

One commuter who spoke with Global News says the area is hard to navigate as it is.

Story continues below advertisement
”Sometimes the police [spot] you and [give] you a ticket if you’re taking the wrong road under the bridge,” said Ghassan El-Hage.

Gouin Boulevard will also be getting a reserved bus lane. Beis says he thinks that will have a negative impact on traffic heading towards Highway 13, which is why the borough decided to introduce the new traffic lights on Pitfield.

”We felt like the timing is perfect right now with the addition of the buses and the bus lane and everything else that comes in this area with the eventual closure of the train,” Beis said.

READ MORE: Borough of Pierrefonds aims to establish attractive downtown hub as revitalization measure

Corey Mallen, a local car dealership owner, says he uses this intersection daily to run his business but it gets hard to commute with the lack of direction.

“It needs traffic lights, it needs circulation, it needs somebody to direct traffic. It’s terrible” Corey Mallen told Global News.

Story continues below advertisement

The traffic lights are expected to be installed by the first week of April. The pilot project has no timeline and the borough says it will be monitoring the area, making changes as needed.

Sponsored content