City of Sault Ste. Marie explores traffic signal optimization seeking public input

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The review will evaluate several solutions including signal timing, implementing dynamic signaling protocols during peak hours, and removing traffic signals deemed redundant in specific areas. 
 
In a recent assessment of the City’s 78 signaled intersections, staff identified three primary areas for potential traffic signal removal: 
Queen Street East and Church Street
Albert Street and Elgin Street
Albert Street and Dennis Street
 
During the trial phase of this project, signals at these intersections will be covered and temporary stop signs will be installed at the minor roads.  This study period will enable the City to evaluate the impact on pedestrian and cyclist movement and traffic flow on surrounding side streets. Staff will then review the adjustments, considering safety, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.  
 
The City encourages community engagement throughout this process. Individuals are asked to complete a brief survey at saultstemarie.ca/trafficsignalstudy. Public input into this traffic study will be collected for approximately three months. Ongoing evaluations may impact the length of the study. For more information, contact the City’s Engineering Department at 705-574-1016 or email engineering@cityssm.on.ca
 
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