Stonewall proposes new reduced speed zones, four-way stops

A map displaying proposed new reduced speed zones and four-way stops around École R.W. Bobby Bend at an open house by the Town of Stonewall at Stonewall Quarry Park Heritage Arts Centre in Stonewall, Man. on June 17, 2019. (Adam Peleshaty/The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times/Postmedia Network)

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The Town of Stonewall is looking to make the community safer for local residents by implementing more four-way stops, reduced speed zones and marked crosswalks.

An open house for local residents displaying the town’s proposed plans took place inside the Stonewall Quarry Park Heritage Arts Centre on June 17.

The Reduced Speed Zone Proposal includes seven new four-way stops and reduced speed zones surrounding École R.W. Bobby Bend, École Stonewall Centennial and Stonewall Collegiate Institute, as well as in front of Starting Blocks and Stonewall Children’s Centre. Flashing crosswalks are also planned for two locations: the intersections of 5th St. W. and 1st Ave. N. in front of SCI, and 5th Ave. S. at 1st St. E.

Town of Stonewall CAO Wally Melnyk told The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times that the notion of additional four-way stops and reduced speed zones was first brought up just prior to last year’s municipal elections. Last March, the province’s Traffic and Transportation Modernization Act came into effect, which allowed municipalities to set the speed limits on municipal roads in their own communities.

“The school speed zones came up as part of the discussion at the forum for the election back in October 2018,” he said.

Council has also met with the Interlake School Division, the Stonewall RCMP detachment, daycare operators and staff and administration for community education facilities for consultation.

The new four-way stops as planned by the town are located on 2nd Ave. N. at both 2nd St. E. and Oakford Blvd./Spruce Lane; 3rd Ave. N. at the corners of Main St., 2nd St. W. and 5th St. W.; 4th Ave. N. at 2nd St. W.; and 5th Ave. S. and 3rd St. W. All reduced speed zones will be set at 30 km/h from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., from September to June except in front of Starting Blocks and Stonewall Children’s Centre, which will be in effect year-round from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The intersection of PTH 67 (2nd Ave. N.) and Provincial Road 236 (4th St. E.), considered to be the busiest in Stonewall, will not be affected as the intersection is the responsibility of Manitoba Infrastructure. Melnyk added that the town is in contact with the province on possible traffic control devices at the location, and he expects traffic lights to be installed sometime in the near future.

“(The province is) going through a warranting process to determine whether volumes are sufficient. We expect a report sometime in the fall with recommendations from them,” he said.

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