An accident at the Cameron Street and Second Avenue in December 2012.

An accident at the Cameron Street and Second Avenue in December 2012.

Four-way stop approved near Marie Sharpe elementary school

An intersection near Marie Sharpe elementary school at Cameron Street and Second Avenue will soon become a four-way stop.

An intersection near Marie Sharpe elementary school at Cameron Street and Second Avenue will soon become a four-way stop.

City council approved the move Tuesday and authorized staff to notify nearby property owners of the traffic pattern change.

A request for a four-way stop at the intersection came forward in December from Bill Davidson of Davidson Financial.

Davidson wrote council a letter addressing safety concerns, several collisions and “near misses” at the site.

Kevin Goldfuss, director of municipal services, said the letter prompted the city to examine the issue further.

“It’s a straight through artery from Comer Street to Proctor Street. Viewing that area, we’ve seen it is subject to high speed. Staff feel there would be value to putting in a four-way stop.”

Between 2007 and 2011 there were five motor vehicle incidents at the intersection, he added.

Coun. Laurie Walters said she has always thought the area should require a four-way stop.

Staff will remove the flashing lights presently at the crosswalk near the intersection and relocate them to South Lakeside Drive.

“In council’s project proposal  for South Lakeside Drive in 2013, there are two crosswalks slated for pedestrian-activated flashing lights.

“One would be at the intersection for Walmart and one at the crossing at the Cariboo Adventist Academy,” Goldfuss explained.

Relocating the flashing lights to one of those locations would eliminate the need to purchase one set of new lights.