Sustainability of the Intersection in Ontario, Canada

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The signalized intersection between Highway 12 and Pine Street in Ontario, Canada has been facing some challenges in its current design. Therefore, future analysis and design of the intersection should incorporate a suitable sustainability indicator to ensure that the intersection remains functional as a long-term solution. Perhaps the most important sustainability indicators for the intersection’s future analysis or evaluation should be traffic demand together with the future population (Litman 12). These sustainability indicators will ensure that the intersection remains safe and performs at an optimum level for the future based on how it is designed today.
The most significant challenge that the intersection has been facing is the traffic congestion due to the high number of vehicles that use it. Traffic congestion has made the intersection to be unsustainable due to wastage of fuel and time (Kockelman and Shabih 17). Future design of the intersection can be either sustainable or unsustainable depending on the strategies used to overcome this challenge. For example, expansion of the intersection to ease traffic congestion can be unsustainable (Litman 13). This is because the process will be expensive hence uneconomical. Expansion of the signalized intersection will also be a challenge due to the current layout of the site. Several expensive buildings that are situated in both Highway 12 and Pine Street will have to be demolished to pave way for the expansion. On the other hand, changing the intersection into a roundabout can be sustainable since there will be an increase in mobility and efficiency of vehicle travel. There has to be a change in design because the current intersection, which is a four-way intersection, has 32 con...

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