By Heather Abrey
Kitchener Post staff
After complaints from the public and an incident in which a crossing guard was injured, city council asked Waterloo Region to investigate several intersections on Fairway Road. Fairway is a regional road, which means the city can do little to change things beyond making requests to Waterloo Region.
Residents have raised concerns about the areas where Sims Estate Drive, Pebblecreek Drive and Thaler Avenue intersect with Fairway Road.
After Pope John Paul II Separate School opened in 2010, a crossing guard position was created at the Fairway and Pebblecreek Drive intersection.
“Since the implementation of the crossing guard the position of the guard has been adjusted to maximize their visibility for vehicles and for them to be able to see the vehicles,” said Ken Carmichael, director of transportation services for the city. “They’ve also been supplied with an LED flashing stop paddle to reinforce their position on the roadway.”
Pedestrian complaints mainly relate to crossing outside of school hours.
Ward 4 Coun. Yvonne Fernandes asked that the region investigate pedestrian islands.
Ward 2 Coun. Berry Vrbanovic specified that traffic should be included in the studies, and that they should occur during the winter to account for traffic from Chicopee ski hill.