Dave Burnside, head of Engineering for the Town of Saugeen
Shores, brought forward at Monday's Town Council meeting, the most
up-to-date report regarding the potential surface upgrades
surrounding the potential sewer expansion project on the north side
of the Saugeen River in Southampton. (For
the full report click here and for the map click
The report outlined the various changes that are being considered
including, curbs and gutters and sidewalks on some streets.
According to Burnside the Town is seeking the input of residents
whenever and wherever possible to ensure that their concerns are
being met regarding street infrastructure changes.
One of the newer ideas that has been put forward is the, 'share the
road'. concept where a present narrow road is retained with signs
posted advising drivers that the street is a roadway that also has
cyclists and pedestrian use.
drawings, that were part of the report, showed bike lanes on
County Road 13 (Sauble Beach Rd.), it was determined that the road
is, in fact, a County maintained road and, therefore, the
municipality has no jurisdiction over it.
As evidenced by the report and drawings, the Town of Saugeen Shores
is attempting to meet the concerns that have been raised by
residents in the area.
"The share-the-road concept," said Burnside, "has been shown to slow
down traffic and create more awareness and respect between drivers
and pedestrians and cyclists."
Councillors Diane Huber and Taun Frosst expressed disappointment
that some changes had been made to the original plan/drawings.
Councillor Taun Frosst said that he was disappointed in the
new plan because, "I thought we were going to have more. It
was my understanding we were going to have wider roads and a
bike trail or pedestrian trail along Eckford. If we are
doing all this, we should be doing as much as possible and
not cutting things out."
"I think it might be useful to have signage made up that
says something like 'pedestrian and cyclist friendly'," said
Councillor Victoria Serda. "People have to be made more
aware of any changes." Burnside agreed and said that there
will be a public education process about 'shared
Vice Deputy Mayor, Doug Gowanlock, said that he liked the
'share-the-road' concept. "This idea lets us avoid
disrupting the environment along the Northshore Road,
Blanchfield and Eckford."
In any event, the recommendation put forward was carried.