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First traffic mirror installed in Stephenville gets mixed reaction

Perry LeCointre, left, and Mark Byrne, public works employees with the Town of Stephenville, are seen installing a traffic mirror on a utility pole on Brook Street across from the intersection with Ridgeview Avenue.
Perry LeCointre, left, and Mark Byrne, public works employees with the Town of Stephenville, are seen installing a traffic mirror on a utility pole on Brook Street across from the intersection with Ridgeview Avenue. - Frank Gale
STEPHENVILLE, N.L. —

Residents of Logan Crescent in Stephenville are giving mixed reactions to a new traffic mirror placed at the intersection of Ridgewood Avenue and Brook Street.

Ken Parsons believes other measures should be taken at the location, while Mike Pilgrim is all for it, if it helps.

Dwayne Russell, operations manager with the Town of Stephenville, said on Tuesday after complaints about the area that a traffic mirror might make the intersection safer.

He said the mirrors are used at intersections in many other communities and it was time to try them out in Stephenville for the first time.

Russell said when you are stopped in a vehicle at the bottom of Ridgeview Avenue, it’s difficult to see traffic coming from the south on Brook Street, especially when the snow is piled up there in the winter.

He believes the mirror will help drivers stopped at the end of the road to spot traffic coming from that way.

Parsons said there’s no doubt it’s hard to see what’s coming at the intersection but believes the right fix is for the town to remove that snow two or three times a winter, rather than let it pile up.

“Knock it (snow) down and haul it away,” he said.

Parsons said the biggest problem at the location is that people drive too fast when they are coming down off what’s known locally as “Granny’s Hill.”

He believes a sign needs to be posted warning drivers to slow down as they are approaching an intersection.

Pilgrim said it’s not a good spot and he fears for his wife and kids when they go down that hill.

He said while its new, he feels the mirror will be good for him and his family.

“It will put a lot of peace of mind. It’s dangerous to be there in the winter,” Pilgrim said.

Russell said the town’s public works department will be placing another traffic mirror at the intersection of Churchill Street and St. George’s Avenue, where there is a problem with visibility.

He said they will assess other intersections in the town and if a traffic mirror is deemed to help, it will be installed.

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