Exhausted by the inaction of the Quebec Ministry of Transport (MTQ) after repeatedly asking for new signage at an intersection deemed dangerous, the mayor of Lanoraie, in Lanaudière, decided to take matters into his own hands on Saturday.
Deeming the intersection of Chemin Joliette and Avenue des Tilleuls dangerous, Gérard Jean decided to go and install new signage himself in addition to painting a pedestrian crossing.
“I am still accountable for 5,100 citizens and since 2015 we have been on the heels of the Ministry of Transport with this crossing. They don’t want to give it to us, ”the mayor explained in an interview with LCN.
“Me, I will leave politics on November 7 and I do not want to be aware that one of my citizens is being crushed here”, pleaded Mr. Jean.
The intersection in question is located on the edge of a park as well as the main shops of the city. A residential area is also nearby. The traffic is therefore rather high in the area.
Despite his brilliance, the mayor ensures he has the support of his community.
“Since then, people have been passing [et me disent] ” congratulations sir the mayor ”, ” you are the best ”. I think people are waiting for this and at some point people have been saying to me ” What are you doing? ” “He said.
The mayor of Lanoraie thus decided that he would no longer wait for the intervention of the ministry, which also arrived on the scene in the morning to question him.
“I took the bull by the horns. I’m a delinquent doing this. He told me that I had no right. Well I said you will have the odiousness to come and undo it if you come to undo it. But I would not be alone, the citizens will be behind me, ”insisted Mr. Jean.
It remains to be seen if the stop signs and the pedestrian crossing are here to stay or if the MTQ will intervene.
The Quebec Ministry of Transport confirmed to TVA Nouvelles that it would provide an answer on Monday, while recalling in a press release that road signs are framed.
“The establishment of standards follows a specific process, overseen by certified engineers,” said the ministry.