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.
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.
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