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Report highlights dangerous intersections across Mapleton

by Patrick Raftis

MAPLETON - A report from Mapleton Fire Rescue indicates the corners of Wellington Roads 8 and 12, and Wellington Roads 7 and 12 have historically been the most dangerous intersections within the township.

Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson explained at the Jan. 23 council meeting the report includes research by Matthew Broadhaecker, a co-op student working with the department last spring, on motor vehicle collision that occurred within Mapleton Township over the past 20 years.

The report indicates 34 collisions have occurred at the Wellington Road 8 and 12 corner during the study period.

However, the report notes that only one minor accident has occurred at the corner since the construction of a roundabout in 2015.

Intersections with the next highest accident figures include:

- Wellington Roads 7 and 12, 30 accidents;

- Wellington Roads 9 and 8, 17 accidents;

- Wellington Roads 8 and 10, 15 accidents; and

- Wellington Roads 11 and 7, 14 accidents.

Richardson noted the report only covers accidents responded to by Mapleton Township Fire Rescue. Responses within Mapleton by Arthur, Elora, Floradale and Linwood fire departments are not included.

Richardson also pointed out the report does not contain information on accidents at Teviotdale (Wellington Roads 7, 9 and 123) and Wellington Roads 8 and 9 between Drayton and Palmerston, known locally as “the S-Bends,” as both Mapleton and Minto fire services respond to calls at those intersections.

“We’ve had next to no accidents at the Teviotdale corner,” Richardson stated.

Mayor Neil Driscoll asked if the information on the two corners could be obtained from the Minto Fire Department in order to create a more complete picture.

“I can get those numbers from Chief Harrow very easily,” said Richardson.

Driscoll asked if the report would be shared with Wellington County engineer Don Kudo.

“With council’s approval I’d like to pass it on,” said Richardson.

During discussion on plans to build a roundabout at Teviotdale during  the Jan. 25 Wellington County council meeting, Driscoll provided figures for the intersections shared by Mapleton and Minto fire departments.

There have been 17 major collisions at the Wellington Roads 8/9 intersection (S-bends) resulting in serious injuries over the past 20 years, while only three minor collisions have occurred at Teviotdale.

February 9, 2018


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