The Ballad of Carleton Place’s Killer Junction

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In the 60s the newspapers were full of articles related to Carleton Place’s “Killer Junction”. “Killer Junction” was located at the intersection of Highway 7 and 29. In the 60s a decision was finally made to install red and green traffic lights which would control the traffic coming from all directions.

Highway 7 had always been the nemesis for scores of people involved in traffic fatalities and injuries. One of the biggest weaknesses was the overpass above the CPR line on the west side. Motorists proceeding east, although warned by traffic signs at one point, had no idea of the danger lying ahead– even after they topped the overpass rise. The problem was that too many motorists did not observe the warnings placed on all four sides to slow down because of the intersection ahead.

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Before the traffic lights were installed, the motorists only had flashing lights posted for several hundred yards in all directions. There was also a red lighted STOP sign indicating to motorists that they should come to a full stop. Over the years many changes had been implemented, but nevertheless the extreme dangers still existed as attested to the fatalities cause by those that did not observe the rules.

Most of the fatalities occurred during the fall month as the setting sun from the west completely obliterated vision for drivers proceeding north or south on Highway 29. The proposed green and red lights were to be given a fair trial to ascertain if this was to be adequate. The only other solution would to build a cloverleaf but that would entail great acquisitions of land.

With files from The Carleton Place Canadian from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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