WINNIPEG – The intersection of Bishop Grandin and St. Mary’s is in the spotlight after protesters and members of Wise-Up Winnipeg held up signs at the junction warning drivers about its dangers.
The protest happened Sunday afternoon.
The group is concerned that amber lights at the intersection, where the speed limit is 80 KM/H on Bishop Grandin, are too short.
St. Vital councillor Brian Mayes tells 680 CJOB they could lengthen the amber lights but that wouldn’t be the end of the problem.
“I don’t want to make it sound like everything’s great and we don’t care,” says Mayes. “We have asked for studies and we’re going to get some recommendations next year. I think if you tried it at one intersection people might expect a six second amber at the next intersection. I think it’s more complicated than just the timing of the amber.”
Mayes says the duration of the amber light won’t change all drivers’ behaviours as some will try to get through an intersection at all costs.
Mayes and Wise-Up Winnipeg do agree on one thing – advance warning signs ahead of higher speed intersections, like the ones on the Perimeter, would help.