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Traffic calming measures recommended for Ayr streets By Irene Schmidt-Adeney Vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Piper Street will be altered if a recommendation by the North Dumfries Committee of the Whole to install four stop signs and a new sidewalk is approved. At a meeting held on Monday, September 12, the committee approved a staff recommendation that an all-way stop be installed at the intersection of Piper Street and Church Street near the entrance to the Ayr Community Centre. The yield sign current installed giving westbound traffic the right-of-way will be removed. Another all-way stop will be installed at the intersection of Rose Street and Piper Street, which is near the entrance to Victoria Park. A sidewalk will be installed on the north side of Piper Street between Rose Street and 210 Piper Street, and a present sidewalk on the south side of the street will be removed. “Residents have contacted me with three concerns regarding vehicular and pedestrian safety on Piper Street,” said Councillor Rod Rolleman. “I advocated for the past few years to solve the crossing over potential danger at Piper Street and Church Street.

Councillor Rod Rolleman I also wanted to address the sidewalk pedestrian crossover from north to south on Piper Street west of Rose Street, and the racing to beat the train queues on Trussler Road, which occurs too often between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.” “I had hoped that by laying the groundwork for neighbourhood traffic calming across the township, Piper Street would qualify through our policy,” said Rolleman. “It did not meet all the criteria; however, staff recommendations for these steps towards pedestrian safety will ensure that residents can safely cross Piper Street at Church Street to visit the ACC and also at Rose Street to cross over to the north side of Piper Street.”

A traffic study completed in July by Dillon Consulting said that the busiest sections of township-owned roads in Ayr (up to 2,700 vehicles per day) are on Piper Street and Mitchell Street (lower). The committee also approved a staff recommendation to install two all-way stops along Vincent Drive, the first at the intersection of Howard Marshall Street and the second at the intersection of Challenger Avenue/Freer Drive. A raised crossing will also be installed in the vicinity of 334 and 336 Vincent Drive. “Residents have been in touch with me for over seven years now with concerns about Vincent Drive,” said Rolleman. “As we expand the subdivision to the south, these concerns will be exacerbated. That’s why I have pushed to have traffic calming built into these new areas, but also to be implemented retroactively in the earlier phases of Hilltop. These intersection improvements along Vincent will reduce speed and increase pedestrian safety throughout this growing neighbourhood.” The recommendations will be presented to North Dumfries Council at the Monday, September 26 meeting for ratification.

LOOK AT THIS LITTLE FARMER - The winner of the Paris Fair Baby Class, Special Boys class “Little Farmer” was Beau Stone of Woodstock. He is shown above with his mother Ashley Stone. Please find more Paris Fair photos and a list of event winners on page 7.