If you’ve ever travelled along Ospika Boulevard to or from Tyner, which leads to UNBC, you’ve likely taken note of an intersection that’s been difficult for pedestrians, at times, to get across.
Now, the City of Prince George is taking action to upgrade the crosswalk operation at Ospika Boulevard and Davis Road by adding flashing lights controlled by pedestrians so they may get to the other side safely and at the awareness of oncoming traffic.
The project is expected to be complete by the end of September.
The city says it’s improving the intersection to include what’s called a rectangular rapid flashing design, containing newly-repainted crosswalk markings and push-button activation for the lights to alert drivers.
The upgrades, similar to the ones coming to Ospika’s First Avenue intersection later this year, are part of Prince George’s inaugural Pedestrian Crossing Strategy approved by council in August.
“The Strategy provides a prioritization strategy to implement pedestrian crossing upgrades as prescribed by the updated Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide by the Transportation Association of Canada,” reads a city statement.
The strategy is going to see a total of 43 crossings upgraded, including 17 newly-implemented crosswalks and 26 existing ones.