(ABOVE: Photo via Wendy Wright / @wrightofwayCFRA)
— Nancy Therrien (@NancyTherrien2) September 26, 2017
Yet another collision at the intersection of Carp Road and Hazeldean Road, and residents are again calling for safety fixes at the intersection.
Is there any reason to believe the City will respond any differently this time?
Last night, police charged a male driver with impaired driving in a two-car collision at around 7:40pm. At least one person went to hospital with injuries.
City staff say that traffic isn’t heavy enough to justify any configuration changes. According to the latest collision stats, it isn’t among worst ten collision spots in the city. (We tried to find out the number of collisions at Carp and Hazeldean over the past few years, but it costs $108 to get the numbers.)
But the city’s data doesn’t capture the frustration and near misses that happen all the time at the intersection. The hill and the curve leading to the intersection create a sort of blind spot, especially for drivers heading north on Carp. Add a bit of speed (or alcohol) and you’ve got a really bad intersection.
Do we really have to wait for the number of collisions to climb — or a fatality — to get some action?
A quick (and presumably inexpensive fix) would be to add an advanced left green arrow for northbound cars. It won’t prevent every incident but it would be a start.
“I think the city needs to look at how the intersections are being designed. I think they need to get their eyes out there to actually see what’s happening in person,” said Tanya Hein, president of the Stittsville Village Association, in June 2016 after another bad accident.
Some recent tweets about the intersection:
Agreed, always hard to see vehicles coming westbound if there are any trucks/buses waiting to turn south due to Hazeldean bend.
— Al Geue (@AlGeue) September 26, 2017
New lights go up like nobody's business but they can't upgrade the old ones. Does there have to be a fatality before they fix this?
— Rick Quesnel (@UncleRickee) September 26, 2017
Agreed. Travelling north on Carp, trying to turn left onto Hazeldean, it's almost impossible to see oncoming traffic.
— Kevin Hayes (@KevinBHayes) September 26, 2017
@ShadQadri we really need a green arrow or an advanced Green at this intersection: Eastbound Hazeldean Road at Carp Road. Can u do it?
— Steve Pechkoff (@yellowx13) August 14, 2017
— Wendy Wright (@wrightofwayCFRA) August 4, 2017
— 580 CFRA (@CFRAOttawa) August 4, 2017
FENDER-BENDER: Hazeldean in Carp, just west of Carp Rd #otttraffic
— CBC Ottawa Traffic (@cbcotttraffic) August 2, 2017
Northbound drivers turning left to westbound Hazeldean have limited view of approaching southbound through traffic on Carp Rd.Fix it Shad ! https://t.co/4bJ3X3jt6a
— MIKE BRYAN (@MbryanMike) May 20, 2017
— Salt Stained Runner (@saltstainrunner) May 19, 2017
Thank you to Samantha for letting us know there is a collision at Carp and Hazeldean
Guy turning left hit a guy going straight #otttraffic
— Wendy Wright (@wrightofwayCFRA) May 19, 2017
— Wendy Wright (@wrightofwayCFRA) January 28, 2017
— Joelle (@Lavender_Salts) June 29, 2016
when's the city going to wake up & install advanced green lights at this intersection heading east/west on hazeldean at carp?
— Ryan Hodgins (@HodginsRyan) June 7, 2016
Collision Carp&Hazeldean. Paramedic treated 3 occupants of car. F77 for fractured arm. Serious/stable cond. F80+M81 minor injuries. #ottnews
— Ottawa Paramedic Svc (@OttawaParamedic) June 7, 2016
— John Ruttle (@JohnRuttlectv) June 7, 2016