Sarnia Ontario - New stop signs at the St. Andrew Street rail crossing could be sticking around.
The signs went up after Transport Canada (TC) inspections along the Point Edward and Sarnia Farm Track spurs in January found some safety fixes were wanting, including sight line concerns at the St. Andrew Street crossing.
Fast forward to now, after a few months consulting with Canadian National Railway (CN) and TC, making the stop signs permanent seems to be the best solution, said Mike Berkvens, director of engineering with the City of Sarnia.
"The trains there at that location aren't moving very fast, but it is something that is a requirement of TC," he said.
The stop sign recommendation comes to city council Monday.
The other option, Berkvens said, is controlling the crossing with flashing lights, but that could cost up to $250,000, or $50,000 with potential grant money.
The stop signs and posts cost about $500, he said.
CN was unwilling to commit permanently to walk trains across the road, it had to in the interim after the TC finding and before the city installed stop signs, since it takes a long time and disrupts schedules, Berkvens said, in the report coming to council.
Tickets for motorists disobeying the stop signs will be issued again if council approves the plan, he said.
They were suspended in favour of warnings after the stop signs went in suddenly over the winter, and some motorists were caught off guard when they were stopped by CN Police, Berkvens said, in a previous report.
The municipal prosecutor also agreed to review tickets issued on a case-by-case basis if they were appealed.
"I'm only aware of one, one ticket" that was appealed, Berkvens said Friday.
There have never been crashes between motor vehicles and trains at the intersection, he said, noting stop signs also went up at the end of George Street downtown as part of the same review.
About 1,800 vehicles per day travel St. Andrew Street, he said.
"It's a well-used road, there's no doubt about it, but it's not to the volumes of a major arterial road," he said.