Where is this intersection, and why is it dangerous?
UPDATE: It is, of course, the corner of Brunswick Blvd. and Auto Plaza Ave. in Pointe-Claire, right outside the Fairview mall.
There are two main reasons it’s so dangerous (not including the fact that it’s the first intersection used by a lot of people in their brand new cars):
- This intersection of a six-lane road and a four-lane road is controlled only by stop signs (and at one point in its history it didn’t even have that). The intersection is so large it’s hard to tell who has the right of way.
- Only a few metres away from this intersection is the main entrance off Brunswick Blvd. to the Fairview shopping centre, the largest mall in the West Island. It is also the entrance and exit to the Fairview bus terminal, where 18 bus routes stop. This intersection is controlled by only a single stop sign at the exit to the mall.
This seems like a no-brainer for a traffic light, perhaps even a reorganization to ensure that car and bus traffic have a safer right-of-way, especially because the main way to access Fairview is by making a left turn as shown below.
Vehicles passing through the piece of pavement occupied by this grey car in the middle include:
- Cars exiting the mall’s parking lot, turning left or right onto Brunswick Blvd.
- Cars turning left from Brunswick Blvd. into the parking lot
- Cars heading east on Brunswick Blvd.
- Cars turning left onto Brunswick Blvd. from Auto Plaza Ave.
- Buses exiting the terminal to head west on Brunswick Blvd.
And vehicles are expected to look at all this traffic and judge when it’s safe to cross.
Though it’s done safely thousands of times every day, it can take forever during the busy shopping season, and all it takes is one bad judgment to cause an accident.
These intersections need a set of traffic lights. Now.