Cranbrook, BC (May 12, 2016) – A new yield sign installed by the City of Cranbrook is now in place to improve traffic safety at the top end of Victoria Avenue South.
The yield sign is in place on the south side of Victoria Avenue heading up toward Gold Creek Road and 13th Street South near Kootenay Orchards School. Drivers must yield to all vehicle traffic until the intersection is clear. The yield sign was installed to mitigate the immediate safety concerns around the large number of vehicle near misses and collisions.
“Vehicle near misses are a regular occurrence around this intersection,” says Eric Sharpe, Director of Engineering and Development Services with the City of Cranbrook. “This new yield sign is an immediate, interim measure to reduce the number of those near misses. The public needs to be aware and we ask that drivers please respect the change to the traffic control.”
It is a unique intersection in Cranbrook as part of the intersection is the responsibility of the City, while the other part is outside the City boundary and is the responsibility of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI).
Staff from both the City and MOTI is working to come up with a more permanent solution to deal with traffic control issues at that intersection.