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High school parents get grant for flashing beacons

$20,000 secured through Vision Zero safer roads fund

The College Heights Secondary School Parent Advisory Council has secured $20,000 from the provincial government to install pedestrian-controlled flash beacons at a crosswalk on Domano Boulevard.

The money comes through the Vision Zero road safety grant program and is the maximum a project can receive.

 The project is needed to "address a high impact hazard" according to a posting on the Vision Zero website.

It's home to two city bus stops and users must cross four lanes of traffic to reach them. Cyclists and pedestrians use the crosswalk to access the school and its fields, the paved paths and the tennis and basketball courts.

The beacons will allow people crossing Domano at the spot to alert motorists ahead of time to slow down and stop "in an area of limited visibility with several routes of travel."

In all, $1 million has been distributed to 59 communities. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure provided $600,000. The regional health authorities contributed additional funding to maximize the number of applications funded within communities.

Projects include improved crosswalk infrastructure, traffic calming, speed-limit reduction pilot projects, speed-reader boards, improved lighting, road-safety planning and more.