Warfield residents share concerns about illegal turns

Warfield residents concerned about drivers making an illegal left-hand turn off Schofield Highway onto Kipling Street are lobbying their neighbours to sign a petition.

Warfield residents concerned about drivers making an illegal left-hand turn off Schofield Highway onto Kipling Street are lobbying their neighbours to sign a petition.

Instead of traveling to an alley just past Kipling Street, the legal exit off the highway, drivers are making illegal left-hand turns not only on Kipling but on Tennyson Street, too.

Heidi Mann has lived in her current home for seven years and not only hears the screeching of tires, as drivers cut through the village corner at highway speed, but was almost hit once.

“It’s mostly a concern for our block because people come down from Rossland and they come flying off the highway really quite fast and onto Kipling and it’s quite dangerous,” said the mother of a 14-year-old boy.

Her neighbours also share uneasy feelings about a stop sign at the end of the 800 block that drivers coast through, rarely even adjusting their speed.

While she has noticed people slow down behind the wheel since her neighbour Barry Miller put up some signage, she said she is still nervous that a child will get hit one of these days.

About 10 worried homeowners expressed their fear to council in a letter that was received at a council meeting Wednesday night.

“Highways has been looking at it for several years, it isn’t a new issue by any means,” said village administrator Vince Morelli.

The village is expecting a visit from a highway’s traffic engineer between Aug. 10 and 12 and will later have a discussion on what they can do to make improvements.