Traffic lights approved for Cathcart Boulevard

Journal Staff

City council has approved traffic lights for two notorious intersections.

Cathcart Boulevard at Indian Road and Cathcart at Murphy Road have seen numerous collisions, including one that killed ten-year-old Jillian Keck in 2013, and another in 2020 that left Sarnia resident Janette Riddell with a brain injury.

Despite two elementary schools in the immediate area, a 2012 traffic study found insufficient traffic numbers to warrant lights. And a follow-up study this summer reached the same conclusion.

Nevertheless, city staff recommended quick action because the two intersections “have been unique longstanding safety concerns,” a new report said.

Traffic lanes will be modified, and Dutch-style roundabouts investigated for the future.

The lights and lane reductions could cost $850,000, with a target date of next spring.