CHESTERVILLE — Chesterville officially became a one-stop-light town on Monday (Oct. 17). Make that a flashing-red-light — but a light to be stopped at nonetheless.
The unit went up at the intersections of county roads 7 and 43 as the final, fulfilled element of a lobbying effort initiated by Chesterville residents Jason Walkden and Bruce Casselman. More than a year ago, in the summer of 2015, the men began pushing for improvements at the junction after seeing too many collisions at the spot in their capacities as Chesterville station firefighters.
The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry agreed to their suggestions last February, which included carving rumble strips into the County Rd. 7 pavement on the approaches to the intersection stop signs, the very first in SD&G. That work was carried out several months ago. But the advocates were left waiting for the arrival of the light, until this week.
The unit also flashes amber to east-west traffic on 43, adding to the nighttime yellow light show alongside the ground-level amber flashers put up about 10 years ago.
Walkden said he is “very happy” at the project’s conclusion.
Casselman remarked on being “just glad to see the process works.” He also expressed thanks to “everybody involved.”