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Traffic Control Signals

The purpose of traffic control signals are to safely alternate and allocate the right of way between conflicting traffic movements at an intersection, in an orderly and timely manner through a recognizable electronic system of signal indications.

Pickering has 13 traffic control signals that it is responsible for:

  1. Dixie Road at Glenanna Road
  2. Glenanna Road at The Esplanade South
  3. Pickering Parkway at Canadian Tire/METC entrance
  4. Fairport Road at Strouds Lane
  5. Finch Avenue (R.R. 37) at Rosefield Road
  6. Bayly Street (R.R. 22) at St. Martins Drive
  7. Altona Road (R.R. 27) at Valley Gate
  8. Twyn Rivers Drive at Woodview Avenue
  9. Valley Farm Road at Pickering Parkway
  10.  Rosebank Road at Strouds Lane
  11. Valley Farm Road at The Esplanade South / Diefenbaker Court
  12. Pickering Parkway at Picore Centre / Pickering Town Centre
  13. Liverpool Road at Bushmill Street/Linwood Street

All other signals are either Region of Durham or Ministry of Transportation.

Flashing Yellow Beacons

Flashing Yellow Beacons can accompany traffic warning signage where additional emphasis and warning for drivers regarding potentially hazardous conditions is required.  Curve and intersection warnings, along with school areas are examples of where flashing yellow beacons are located.

Flashing yellow beacons in Pickering:

  1. Uxbridge-Pickering Townline (Concession 10) West of Sideline 26
  2. Valley Farm Road south of Third Concession

Intersection & Mid-block Pedestrian Signals

Intersection Pedestrian Signals (IPS) and Mid-block Signals, also known as "half signals", are traffic signals designed to assist pedestrians crossing a busy street. Pedestrians cross with the assistance of push buttons and pedestrian signal heads. The traffic control signal of an IPS only regulates the traffic on the main street that the pedestrians are crossing. Vehicles approaching the intersection from a side street are controlled by stop signs. To ensure traffic safety, both motorists and pedestrians should take extra caution at an Intersection Pedestrian and Mid-block signal.

Pickering has 8 Intersection Pedestrian Signals and 2 Mid-block Signals that it is responsible for:

  1. Oklahoma Drive at Eyer Drive (IPS)
  2. Liverpool Road at Tatra Drive (IPS)
  3. Glenanna Road at Fieldlight Boulevard (IPS)
  4. Dixie Road at Silverthorn Square (IPS)
  5. Pickering Parkway at Portland Court (IPS)
  6. Glenanna Road at Walnut Lane (IPS)
  7. Valley Farm Road at Fieldlight Road (IPS)
  8. Glenanna Road at William Dunbar School (Mid-Block)
  9. Sandy Beach Road at OPG Parking Lot (Mid-Block)
  10. Granite Court at Sandstone Manor (IPS)
  11. Finch Avenue (R.R. 37) at Spruce Hill Road (IPS)

Stop Signs

Stop signs are intended to help drivers and pedestrians at an intersection decide who has the right of way, as opposed to being used as a speed control device. In general, stop signs should only be used where traffic engineering studies considering such factors as traffic speeds, traffic volumes, restricted sightlines, and collision experience indicate that the application of stop signs are warranted.

While All Way Stops are often considered a quick fix for speeding concerns, incorrect use of stop signs tends to frustrate many motorists and may result in reduced compliance and increased speeds in between traffic control devices.

The City's All-way Stop Sign Policy provides details on the usage of stop signs. If a stop sign is down, please report it to our Customer Care Centre.

Traffic Studies

Traffic Engineering is responsible for traffic operational studies, designed to improve safety and efficiency of the roadway. They deal with issues such as:

  • regulatory and warning signs
  • traffic control device warrants for: Traffic Control Signals, Stop Signs and  Intersection Pedestrian Signals
  • traffic monitoring programs
  • collision statistics
  • speed zone studies
  • parking studies involving both on-street and off-street parking facilities
  • traffic calming measure projects
  • pavement markings
  • school crossing protection

School Crossing Protection

Students are supervised to ensure their safety when crossing roads with no traffic control signals, stop signs, or yield signs present.

Traffic Engineering performs field studies to determine if a School Crossing Protection is warranted. The Ministry of Transportation has developed a province wide warrant, and set of guidelines for municipalities to abide by when determining if school crossing protection is warranted.

Signs & Pavement Markings

The City of Pickering installs and maintains all traffic signs and pavement markings on city streets.

Traffic Engineering staff are responsible for the following:

  • investigate concerns and complaints related to signs and pavement markings
  • review and suggest placement of signs and pavement markings
  • recommend By-law amendments for regulatory signs

Please contact our Customer Care Centre if a damaged or missing sign needs to be replaced.