Guide rails in AH damaged again
By Chad Ingram
For the second time in a year, Algonquin Highlands township will replace guide rails at the intersection of St. Peters Road and North Shore Road, after they were damaged by transport trucks. The rails had just been replaced in fall of last year.
During their June 18 meeting, which took place via online conferencing platform Zoom, councillors received a report from public works director Adam Thorn. “Over the winter season, one of the new sections of the replaced guide rail was damaged due to large trucks with trailers (transport trucks) trying to make the turn at this intersection and is now in need of replacement again,” the report read.
The repair work will be sole-sourced to the
same company that installed the rails in the fall, at a cost of
approximately $11,000 plus taxes.
“Basically, it will be a full replacement of the one side,” Thorn told councillors.
Carol Moffatt said the issue was GPS systems will tell truck drivers to
turn down St. Peters Road, even though transport trucks are too large
to safely make the narrow passage.
“It is tremendously unfortunate and, as noted in [Thorn’s] report, I can tell you it’s the GPS,” Moffatt said, adding she often sees trucks that are too large to be there trying to make that turn. “We had spoken a little bit about maybe some additional signage as well. Not that we want to add any more sign pollution to our countryside, but to encourage trucks to continue on to Airport Road.”
Moffatt added ideally trucks should remain on the
highway, and said the county’s 511 system would allow the township to
provide a notification.
“We will be able to put a caution on that system so that it will turn up for truckers so that they don’t veer off the highway and wander down the side roads,” she said.