A four-way stop at Despard Avenue and Moilliet Street in Parksville appears to be working as intended.
Signs and line markings were put in place last July to improve pedestrian safety in the area close to Trillium Lodge, not far from Springwood Elementary School.
According to a report by Shawn Boven, director of engineering and technology services, just three complaints, of a similar nature, were received — all were from city staff and not the general public. Motorists are used to the four-way stop and it is functioning as intended, so staff did not make any further recommendations.
Boven’s report noted that on occasion traffic on Alberni Highway can back up when enough drivers attempt the left turn onto Despard Avenue during heavy traffic times, but this is considered a minor inconvenience.
In April 2021, council passed a resolution to install a four-way stop system, monitor the traffic effects over the next six months and report back to council, with any incidental costs up to $2,500 to be taken from council contingency.