After four near misses or accidents at the Macdonell rail crossing in the last year between vehicles and on-coming trains, the City of Guelph made a number of improvements at the crossing.
In a joint release from the City and the Guelph Police Service, the following new or improved safety measures have been identified:
- Stop lines and railway warning symbols painted on roadway
- Railway track warning signs posted at intersection
- Removal of Speed River bridge sign to open up sight lines
- Additional stop sign posted on the left side of the right turn channel from Wellington to Macdonell
- Ongoing testing of the prioritization sequencing between the traffic lights and the railway crossing signals
Police say enforcement will increase at the crossing to ensure vehicles are following the traffic signals and signs, and the activated rail signals when a train is approaching.
Drivers are reminded that failing to stop at a stop sign, disobeying a railway crossing signal, or stopping at the wrong place when a railway crossing signal is activated can result in a 110-dollar fine.