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There has been a lot of talk recently about the new George Street development and
of the traffic problems that will occur once this new development gets built. During
the initial presentation of the Draft Plan of Subdivision proposal by Wastell Developments
Inc. to Central Elgin Council, a traffic study of the area was also presented by
a contractor working for Wastell stating that there was no need for any additional road,
only some minor modifications to the intersection of William and George. There was
also another Port Stanley Traffic Study done recently by Dillon Consulting Ltd.
for the Municipality that basically had the same results for the area.
Traffic issues in Port Stanley are not new, just wait for a summer long weekend,
or some really nice weather, maybe some geese crossing the road, or just the King
George VI Lift Bridge in operation. It really doesn't matter too much when or where
it happens, it just seems to be the way it is in Port, something, some people call
quaint. About the most important lesson that I have learned since coming to Port
Stanley is to have more patience with day to day life in the village. Knowing that
trying to get from place to place in Port is not always a sure thing and that the
hurry up and wait attitude will not work here.
When you try to put together the realities of what happens here in Port, emotions
seem to run hot. Those recent traffic studies seem to point out that just some minor
modifications to the intersections in the core area will shorten those times it
takes to get in and around Port. A majority of residents that live off of George
Street seem to think that a new secondary road to Carlow Road is a solution to all
their traffic issues. But with speeding along George Street also being an issue
for the area, would it not be better for now for all those residents that live off of George
Street to enrol in some type of local yoga classes to learn how to better deal with the
no rush realities of living in Port Stanley.
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