By Gord Bowes, News staff
A three-way stop is being removed from Pritchard Road at Highland.
The return to giving drivers on Pritchard the right of way is being made later this month, said east Mountain councillor Tom Jackson.
Traffic on Pritchard Road has increased significantly since Upper Mount Albion was closed at Rymal Road last fall.
After a serious traffic accident involving a vehicle turning from Highland onto Pritchard, stop signs were installed.
But it hasn’t worked out, said Jackson.
“I’ve had nothing but complaints,” said the Ward 6 councillor.
“It went against everything else in the last six months that we’ve been trying to do to impress the flow of traffic.”
With the closure of Upper Mount Albion resulting in an increase in traffic on Pritchard, a number of other changes have been made to deal with the increased load. Traffic lights were installed at Rymal Road and advance left turn signals have been added at Stone Church.
Most recently, a left turn signal was put in place at Stone Church for southbound traffic.
The traffic load will eventually be relieved. Construction of the Trinity Church Road extension, running from the Stone Church road exit off the Red Hill Valley Parkway to Rymal Road, is expected to begin in the fall and be completed next year.
A change is also coming to Pritchard Road at the north terminus. A traffic island is expected to be installed this summer which gives the right of way to traffic turning south from Mud Street. All other traffic will be controlled by an all-way stop.