When I went into the Home Hardware store in Port this morning, my attention was
drawn to the newly erected No Parking Signs in front of Broderick's that have effectively
removed approximately 3 or 4 parking spaces. As I talked to one of the store owners
in the area, he stated that they weren't even aware a change was being made to the
I should have known something was up when, several weeks ago, new right turn lane
markings were painted in front of Highland Pharmacy. It seemed very unusual that
parking would be allowed in the turning portion of the lane, but with some of the
other traffic sign antics I've noted, I wasn't surprised. Allowable parking spaces
within the driving or marked portion of the right lane seemed out of place, but
since I hadn't seen the work being done, my suspicion was that it was done in error.
Suddenly, a new No Parking sign has been erected in front of the pharmacy effectively
removing another 2 to 3 parking spaces. I am sure the Municipality in all of its
wisdom considered the fact that there is no where for anyone, especially our seniors,
to make their way to the sidewalk without walking into the driving lane of traffic
of to try to climb the mound of snow that acts as a barricade to the front entrance
of the pharmacy.
Out of curiosity, is a by-law not necessary to create these No Parking areas, and
if they have been passed, shouldn't a formal public notification be necessary before
enforcement action can be taken.
It strikes me that the Town administrators are being short-sighted in their approach
to parking (and many other issues) in this town. Removing 5 or 6 legitimate parking
spaces in the main tourist area seems ludicrous, especially when they want to charge
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I called the municipality only to be informed that this was a County decision because
Bridge and Colborne are County roads. So I call the County and spoke to Clayton
Watters, Director of Engineering.
These changes are the result of a study conducted last year to determine traffic
patterns and volume, and how decide on the best ways to improve traffic flow through
that main intersection during the busy times in warm weather.
What the study found was that right turns from Colborne heading south onto Bridge
heading west, and from Bridge heading east onto Main heading south, were causing
traffic bottlenecks. To relieve those bottlenecks, the right turning lanes have
been elongated by one or two car lengths. And yes, Mr. Felip is correct - parking
spaces are not allowed within the driving or marked portion of the right
lane; which necessarily eliminated a few on-street parking spaces in front of the
pharmacy, and a few on-street parking spaces east of the hardware store.
As for snowdrifts blocking seniors' access to the pharmacy, the municipality needs
to do a better job of snow ploughing and snow removal in that area.