Two problematic crosswalks, which have been the site of pedestrian involved collisions will soon be outfitted with rapid rectangular flashing beacons.
The city has identified Ospika Boulevard and Davis Road, and Ospika Boulevard and First Avenue as high priority pedestrian crossings, and has budgeted upgrades under the city's existing Pedestrian Traffic and Safety Improvements Program in the city’s capital plan.
Both crossings will be outfitted with a rapid rectangular flashing beacon which is pedestrian activated, side mounted signage with rapid flashing beacons and pavement markings. The average cost estimate for these upgrades is $50,000.
The city says work will begin in the coming weeks and both projects will be completed by the fall.
Earlier in the year, the city also installed an all-new crosswalk across Massey Drive near Coyle Street and Foot Street by Ginter’s Meadow.
The city has developed a new pedestrian crossing strategy which had identified 43 crosswalks recommended for upgrades or installation needed to align with new Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) standards.
Of the crossings identified, 26 are existing crosswalks and 17 are new crosswalks.
Council approved receipt of the Pedestrian Crossing Strategy at its Aug. 17 council meeting.
Staff will now have to submit an enhanced pedestrian crossing capital budget request for city council’s consideration during the 2021 budget deliberations.