Town: 3-way stop to make intersection safer

Wellington Road 22 and 2nd Line in Erin may become a three-way stop after council endorsed Wellington County’s proposal at their meeting on Aug. 11.

Town of Erin road superintendent Larry Van Wyck noted there were several serious accidents at the intersection in the past and the county reviewed the intersection in 2013.

He told council work has been done recently to make the intersection safer, including an 18-inch cut to the grade on 2nd Line, shouldering of the intersection, and the field on the southeast corner was cut down to improve visibility.  

County staff proposed a new stop to northbound traffic on 2nd Line. Southbound traffic would be permitted to travel through due to the steep hill before the intersection.

Van Wyck said while it wasn’t a perfect solution, it would stop people from flying through the intersection.

Mayor Allan Alls said he had a near miss at the intersection so he was supportive of the change.

A stop sign, a stop ahead sign, and a change to the overhead flashing and costs associated with the change are the responsibility of the county.

The county will discuss the issue at its next meeting.