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Monday June 18th, 2012

Posted at 10:15am

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Commuters crossing the VIA Rail tracks on Jefferson may see some relief from the high grade and dangeousness of the intersection should City Council vote to go ahead with changes to the roadway at the City of Windsor Capital Budget meeting tonight.

In February 2011, City Councillor Bill Marra asked City Administrators to study recommendations for improving safety near the tracks and South National Street.

Jefferson slopes up at the VIA rail tracks and traffic on South National often has a hard time seeing vehicles coming over the tracks.

Within the last four years there have been eight reported accidents in the intersection, two a report states were possibly attributed to restricted “line of sight”.

The report studied four possible solutions to the intersection:

  • Grade Separation would cost on the order $20 to $30 million and is highly unlikely
  • A signalized intersection that interconnects with the train crossing signals would cost in the area of $1 million
  • Raising the grade of the intersection so as to eliminate the poor sight lines would cost $300,000
  • Prohibiting Left Turns from South National to Jefferson and Jefferson to South National would cost between $20,000 and $50,000 and displace 207 peak traffic hour left turns

City Councillors will consider the report and determine if this project is a priority.

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