Summerside residents call for four-way stop at Duke and Notre Dame streets

Mike Carson
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City officials will once again be asked to look at installing a four-way stop at the intersection of Duke Street and Notre Dame Street. The issue is expected to go before the city’s technical services committee in May. 

SUMMERSIDE — A recent two-vehicle collision at the corner of Duke and Notre Dame streets in Summerside has renewed calls for a four-way stop for the area.

On April 7, firefighters had to use a hydraulic rescue tool to free a woman trapped in her car following a crash on Summerside's Notre Dame Street.

Coun. Jim Steele told city council's most recent meeting he will be raising the issue once again.

"I'm hearing it from residents. There was a serious accident down there. The residents contacted me. I went down and I spoke to them."

Summerside Police Chief David Poirier told the police services committee meeting in January that in the last two years there have been three accidents at the intersection, all involving driver error.

At that meeting, Poirier said he wouldn't recommend a four-way stop sign for the intersection.

Steele said he intends to raise the issue at the May technical services committee meeting.

The councillor said it is a matter of safety, noting that because of the corner's proximity to a playground, schools and the Boys and Girls Club, there are a lot of children in area.

The city conducted a traffic count in August of last year for eastbound traffic (vehicles travelling on Notre Dame Street). There were 3,200 vehicles proceeding through that intersection in a 48-hour period, with an average speed of 39 kilometres an hour and about the same for westbound traffic.

Organizations: Boys and Girls Club

Geographic location: Summerside, Notre Dame Street

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  • Summerside Resident
    May 01, 2014 - 20:56

    Tech Services and the Chief of Police did a survey and number count and advised Council this intersection does not require a four way stop. What part of that Councillor Steele don't you understand. This what happens all the time so called Politicians interfering with the legal process for their own gain, that is trying to impress the Ward residence prior to election. To bad he was not as concerned about the Hopping Report as he is playing Politics. We all would have and should have known the finding of that investigation. Sorry Jim, we are all not as stupid as you take us to be. You are a Councillor who promised a lot of things during your last campaign and than went with the gang. Hopefully you had your first and last term

  • A.T.
    May 01, 2014 - 12:43

    why do 1000's of people who drive on Notre Dame need to stop at an intersection that has had 3 accidents in 3 years because 3 people don't understand what a stop sign is? The boys and girls club is further down the street and has a designated cross walk with flashing lights.

  • mark
    May 01, 2014 - 11:22

    If your town should fix anything, it should be Pope Road and Central.