Chesterville intersection to get safety improvements

The United Counties building and Provincial Offences Act courthouse at 22 Pitt Street in Cornwall. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – A North Dundas intersection, which saw a number of serious crashes in 2015, will be getting some safety upgrades.

County council agreed Tuesday to add flashing lights at the intersection of County Road 43 and County Road 7, south of Chesterville.

Rumble strips are also going to be added to the approaches on County Road 7.

County councillor Eric Duncan, also the mayor of North Dundas, said the cost of adding a flashing light beacon would be worth the safety aspect of alerting drivers, especially visitors to the area.

A woman from Brooklyn, N.Y. was charged with careless driving in July 2015 after a crash killed a motorcyclist from the Ottawa-area.

A month later, two tractor-trailers collided – the front end of one truck on County Road 7 was sheared off by the passing rig on County Road 43.

The cost to install the beacon could vary depending on whether Hydro One will allow the county to put support cables on existing poles or whether new poles will need to be installed.

With existing poles, the cost is approximately $3,200. A beacon on new poles will cost $8,000.

Adding the rumble strips on County Road 7 is expected to cost around $4,000.

The intersection enhancements are expected to be added to the 2016 budget, which will be discussed this afternoon (Tuesday).