Wrong-way drivers blamed on intersection
The Ministry of TransA portation says it has taken steps to clear up driver confusion at the intersection of Highway 11/Bethune Drive and Muskoka Road South in Gravenhurst, something that may be contributing to a rash of wrong-way drivers on Highway 11.
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Since: Apr 10
#1 Apr 9, 2010
Of course the changes have caused confusion for people....especially those who aren't familiar with the area.
Why the town, district or province decided to change it in the first place is way beyond me. I haven't spoke to a single resident of the town that can figure it out. Instead of traffic coming off the highway and continuing straight through, with some slowing to make a left turn, now you have to hit the brakes and steer into a sharp curve, while vehicles from the north (Bethune Dr) must cross this mayhem to head for Hwy 11 southbound.
At the same time, vehicles travelling from Muskoka Rd must either negotiate the same slippery curve going to Hwy 11 south or must brake and stop in the most dangerous of places and wait to turn left. Someone had a major brain fart with this plan. They have taken a safe, effective intersection that may only have required a stop light and turned it into a major death-trap.
The problems are definitely going to show their ugliest faces this summer when traffic is at its peak, I'm afraid.
The only reason I can think of as to why this change was made, is so traffic would be routed through the town. Heaven forbid, a car may not pass one of our deteriorating stores on the main street.
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