REQUEST FOR ALL-WAY STOP CONTROL AT CLOUSTON AVENUE
AND CENTRE ROAD
Ward 27, York Humber
Director of Transportation Services, District 1
(November 30, 1999)
To respond to a request from York Community Council to evaluate the need for all-way stop control at the intersection of
Clouston Avenue and Centre Road.
Financial Implications and Impact Statement:
There are no financial implications resulting from the adoption of this report.
It is recommended that this report be received for information.
York Community Council, at its meeting of September 14, 1999, in considering a communication (August 10, 1999) from
Councillor Frances Nunziata requested a report on the feasibility of installing an all-way stop control at the intersection of
Clouston Avenue and Centre Road (Clause No. 14(n) of Report No. 9).
Clouston Avenue is classified as a local roadway, operating two-way in an east-west direction between Weston Road and
Denison Road. Centre Road is classified as a local roadway, operating two-way in a north-south direction from Edmund
Avenue to Clouston Avenue. The streets form a "T" intersection with stop sign control for northbound vehicular traffic on
In order for all-way stop control to be justified at an intersection, established warrant criteria must be fulfilled. The criteria
include such factors as right-of-way conflicts, vehicular and pedestrian usage of the intersection, physical and geometric
configuration, and surrounding area traffic control. This intersection does not satisfy the operational elements for the
installation of an all-way stop sign control.
Specifically, the highest recorded vehicular volume in a one-hour period, from all approaches, throughout a day was only
35 vehicles during the morning peak hour. These are extremely low peak period volumes at an intersection where all-way
stop control is being considered. Also, Toronto Police Service collision records for this intersection for the past five-year
period from January 1, 1994 to December 31, 1998 revealed that there were no reported collisions at this intersection.
Due to the extremely low traffic volumes, no reported collision experience, and no unusual physical characteristics, an
all-way stop control is not warranted at the intersection of Clouston Avenue and Centre Road. It should also be mentioned
that the installation of a particular control, in a situation where it is not warranted, would not necessarily guarantee safer
conditions. Such measures tend to erode driver respect and obedience of these controls, leading to a degree of
non-compliance. As critical, it creates a false sense of security for pedestrians, especially school children, where safety is a
Manager, Traffic Operations, District 1