Jeff Heuchert, Stratford Gazette
A complaint from a West Perth resident about the road signs used to mark county roads that intersect with provincial highways has initiated a review from the county’s public works department and a possible request to the province.
Perth County councillor Walter McKenzie was recently approached by a local resident who expressed concern that the large green-and-white signs interfere with sightlines and could pose a safety risk to motorists attempting to turn onto the highway from a side road.
McKenzie says the signs are worst for people driving large trucks and farm equipment because of their height, and are less of an issue for people operating smaller vehicles. He notes a person operating a tractor with front-end loader, for instance, might actually interfere with passing vehicles if they have to inch forward to see past the signs.
“I’m not aware of any accidents that have been caused by this, but the potential is there,” he adds.
Public works staff have been asked to take a closer look at the signs, their distance to intersections and whether they could be considered a safety hazard. The county’s concerns, and any future steps, will be sent to the Ministry of Transportation, which installs and maintains the signs.
McKenzie says he wouldn’t expect any existing signs to be moved, but wonders if they could be placed further down the road or closer to the fenceline when they are replaced.
He estimates the signs are about 150-200 feet from intersections.