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Duncan's pesky downtown lights at Canada and Trunk retimed

RCMP officers direct traffic at Trunk Road, Canada Avenue and Duncan Street Friday at suppertime after rail and traffic lights crashed, for unknown reasons. - Peter W. Rusland
RCMP officers direct traffic at Trunk Road, Canada Avenue and Duncan Street Friday at suppertime after rail and traffic lights crashed, for unknown reasons.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

Duncan's  traffic signals at Canada Avenue and Trunk Road, and Cowichan Way and Trunk are being rejigged to introduce a new signal pattern, staff said Thursday.

The new pattern will save some current wait times, and park confusion at the intersections.

New signals will be timed to run in a programmed sequence from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Overnight, signals will respond to cars as they arrive.

Pedestrian crossings have been considered in the signal change, and are designed to ensure pedestrian-crossing signals happen at the earliest opportunity, staff says in a press release.

New signals will help clarify — for drivers and pedestrians — sequence of traffic flow.

Signals will also ensure safety of drivers and pedestrians through intersections and across railroad tracks, and include a new signal display for left turns from Trunk onto Canada.

Staff noted the new signal is not a left-turn arrow, but a solid green signal.

Left turns will always yield to oncoming traffic, and when lefts are permitted onto Canada there may be oncoming traffic on Trunk.

Eastbound through traffic (toward the highway) on Trunk will, at times, have a red signal light, while traffic in the left-turn lane (onto Canada) will have a green.

All lane configurations remain unchanged.

The traffic signal operations being introduced are uniquely designed for Duncan's busy downtown corner, and have been adjusted to local conditions, staff noted.

For more, call public works chief Abbas Farahbakhsh at 250-746-5321, or Nadine King of Boulevard Transportation Group at 250-388-9877.

 

 

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