Sydney road improvements inadequate, say residents
The province promises to put in new signs and road markings at the Kytes Hill Drive intersection
People who live near the Kytes Hill drive intersection on Grand Lake Road say the province's plan to improve road safety in their area is inadequate.
The province is installing new larger road signs and pavement markings around the intersection.
It will also put in electronic speed indicators that publicly display a vehicle's speed on a digital road sign.
There have been several serious accidents at Kytes Hill in the last year, including one that involved Rick MacDonald's nephew.
Last month, the 25-year-old motorcycle rider was struck from behind by a car. He was stopped on Grand Lake Road, waiting to make a turn into the Kytes Hill subdivision.
The motorcyclist is still in hospital in Halifax in serious condition.
Last year, another motorcycle rider died after a similar collision.
Speed in question
MacDonald likes the idea of electronic speed indicators, but he is dismissive of new, bigger signs and pavement markings.
"They are doing things that should be done anyway as far as signage goes; sure there's signs, putting painting on the pavement and a reminder of speed limits. It may do a small bit of good, but nothing major."
MacDonald said what's needed is a lower speed limit.
"To get results immediately is to put up a speed limit of 60, even if its on a trial basis for the summer months."
The province's minister of transportation, Morris Smith, said a 60 kilometer speed limit would just make the road more dangerous.
"If they are going along at 60, and everyone else is going along at 90 and above, you are going to have side swipes, you are going to have rear end collisions," he said.
Smith said a safety review, due at the end of August, may suggest a redesign of the highway and then a lower speed limit would be appropriate.
As it stands, he said people are not obeying the 80 kilometres per hour limit. He thinks there's little chance they'll slow to 60.