The temporary four-way stop at the intersection of Shoppers Row and 10th Avenue has prompted council to consider permanent traffic controls at the busy crossing.
Coun. Larry Samson put forward a motion at Tuesday’s council meeting to have city staff come back with a report on traffic control at the Shoppers Row, Tyee Plaza and 10th Avenue intersection.
“I understand staff is working on this and I thank them very much,” Samson said. “I want to make this into a motion so that we as a council have a chance to discuss it amongst ourselves before all of a sudden we see changes happening at that intersection.”
Council voted in favour of the report with the stipulation that the report include consultation with the Downtown BIA (Business Improvement Association), which Moglove said has been discussing the temporary four-way at its recent meetings.
The four-way stop was put in five months ago to help control the increase in traffic on 10th Avenue while St. Ann’s was closed as part of the city’s downtown revitalization project.
In August, Mayor Walter Jakeway said he had received several compliments about the new traffic pattern.
“I’ve had lots of e-mails asking if we could make the four-way stop on Shoppers Row a permanent fixture,” Jakeway said. “People trying to get in and out of Tyee Plaza and across the street from the other side find it really helpful.”
During peak traffic times, however, the four-way creates congestion along Shoppers Row which blocks cars from proceeding south-bound through the three-way stop at Shoppers Row and 11th Avenue/Veterans Way.