Editorial: Ministry of Transportation’s Hand Sitting Could Cost Lives In Dangerous Intersection In Shelburne, ON

Editorial: Ministry of Transportation’s Hand Sitting Could Cost Lives In Dangerous Intersection In Shelburne, ON

Councillor Walter Benotto and Deputy Mayor Geoff Dunlop provided information regarding their Ministry of Transportation( MTO) delegation at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference. Benotto and Dunlop’s requests for a an advanced green light system to be set in place at the intersection of Highway 10-89 and Highway 124( Tim Hortons and John’s No Frills)  fell on deaf ears as the MTO stated they must do their own assessment and have their own warrants of the traffic situation in Shelburne. This comes on the heels of Shelburne Representatives, Dunlop and Benotto stated Shelburne is so desperate for safety, they offered the Town of Shelburne would foot the entire bill and still nothing could dis-way MTO from stating first, they would do their own driving tests, but when will it happen? Pointing out that Primrose has an advanced green light system in place and that traffic carries on to Shelburne coupled with the fact that Shelburne’s Town Engineer, Stephen Burnett’s numbers, reveal Shelburne has more than reached the numbers set by MTO standards that would easily qualify Shelburne for an advanced green lighting system, did’t spark a response. Unrelenting, the MTO is completely prepared to put safety on the back burner to suit their own incomprehensible reasons for denial. Also discussed  was the very important request for a bypass and for similar reasons, Dunlop and Benotto were met with the same frustrating and lackadaisical response, in this reporter’s opinion, as they are prepared to wait until 2019 providing MTO with time to lump Shelburne into a study involving Greater Area Toronto. Why is that? Perhaps a staff member Googled Shelburne and it came up Shelburne, Toronto, Ontario! In the event the MTO has other plans for that intersection in the future, and they are waiting for studies to be returned, lives at stake now are LIVES AT STAKE NOW!

This reporter happily issues a challenge to MTO regarding their driving test. Don’t just drive straight through Shelburne or simply take a left from Highway 10-89 to Highway 124 coming in from Orangeville. For argument sake, get out of your car, bring a child with you for a bike ride and attempt crossing the road in any direction on a Friday from 2:30 -4 pm. Then just to make things exciting, try leaving, taking a left from from Highway 10-89 onto 124! Please drive a regular vehicle. Better yet, I can lend you my Elantra, nothing fancy, but typical height.

And Lastly, Shame on MTO for having the power to help alleviate Shelburne’s  safety concerns  and choosing to allow our community to continue to tempt fate with our lives and the safety of our community at our frightening intersection and frightening by your infliction by your inaction! Just for your information, when a person is lying dead at that intersection, it won’t matter whether they are Conservative or Liberal, they won’t be voting in their future! Put politics aside and DO YOUR JOBS! IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO!”, Alex Sher, The Shelburne Freelancer. MORE TO FOLLOW.

If you would like to ask MPP Steven DelDuca, Minister of Transportation Questions, email, minister.mto@ontario.ca