There has been discussion about installing traffic lights or a flashing cross-walk at that intersection but in what many see as a surprise move, it seems that the Town of Midland has decided to experiment with stop signs for northbound and southbound traffic on King Street.
The first question we ask is simply why? We canvassed some of Midland’s finest and that is not a troublesome intersection for accidents – no more so than any other in the downtown core. The next question is why now? Was anyone in the community canvassed about this? When will the bag “come off” and will the town be taking any steps to educate the local community at large? It will be a real act of faith to venture across that intersection with the hope that drivers will take notice of that new sign – especially with tourist season fast-approaching. What about the winter? All questions that we can only assume were all discussed at length by Council.
Weigh in with your thoughts about this. Maybe it’s a great idea, maybe it is not. We can only draw similarities to the divisive changes that Penetanguishene has experimented with on their main street while trying out changes in preparation for their “big dig”.
Photo Credit: Doug Reed