New four-way stop coming downtown

Cranbrook city council has approved a series of traffic changes, including a four-way stop at 1st Street and 9th Avenue South.

The Cranbrook in Motion Committee put forward four traffic-related recommendations for council’s review on Monday, Aug. 12.

The committee recommended that public works install a four-way stop at the 1st Street and 9th Avenue South intersection, as well as check the timing of the pedestrian crossing signal at the intersection of Victoria Avenue and 2nd Street North to ensure there is enough time for pedestrians to cross the street.

City staff had reviewed the intersection at 1st Street and 9th Avenue and confirmed there are sightline issues and it is deemed a high-collision area.

The committee also recommended that council approves the installation of RID911 (Reduce Impaired Driver) signs within the city, as well as that the city and RCMP work with MADD Cranbrook/Kimberley to find suitable locations. The signage from MADD will be provided at no cost to the city.

The last recommendation, which was to request that RCMP review speeding vehicles on 2nd Street South and Baker Mountain Road, generated all of the discussion.

Coun. Sharon Cross said she was disappointed with the recommendation, as she said it hasn’t worked in the past.

“I had an opportunity to spend an hour and a half visiting people on that road and the number of speeding cars that went by was atrocious,” Cross said, noting that her hosts hoped that the city didn’t fix the cracked streets as that’s the only thing that slows the vehicles down.

She suggested speed bumps or something like that.

“By the time this call is made these people are long gone, you can’t get a licence plate from a speeding vehicle when you’re in your house,” she said.

There was some discussion about where the city boundary ends and the regional district starts, but the consensus was at the spot where the speed limit becomes 50 km/h.

Coun. Denise Pallesen said there was quite a discussion about the subject at the committee meeting.

“Unfortunately speeding isn’t something the city can (control),” Pallesen said. “We have to refer it over to the RCMP, put out their reader board. There’s not much that the city can do. Speeding is a traffic violation not a city violation.”

Coun. Gerry Warner suggested putting a speed bump right at the spot where it becomes city jurisdiction. City staff agreed to look into it.

Council passed the recommendations.