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New Solar-Powered Signalized Crosswalk To Be Installed In Williams Lake

Communities throughout the province, including four in the Cariboo, will benefit from investments toward safer roads.

Through a second year of Vision Zero Grants, Tsideldel is receiving $20,000 in funding to create a safe crossing point where the community intersects with Highway 20.

The City of Williams Lake gets $17,500 to install a new solar-powered signalized crosswalk at the intersection of Western and Blair.

“We have two elementary schools, a middle school, and now’s there’s going to be a daycare in that area also.” Rob Warnock, Director of Municipal Services said, “We’ve had a few complaints over the last several years about this crossing, people don’t pay attention they speed through the crossing so we’re hoping this will bring more attention and if you have flashing lights when somebody’s at the crosswalk hopefully people will pay more attention and stop for the kids.”

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Warnock noted that he’s in talks with a Traffic Engineer to assist them and make sure they do everything correctly.

“I’m looking at having it ready for probably the start of the new school year, September fifth. I hope to have everything installed in August after the Traffic Engineer can come up and do a walk about with us and also do some education with the kids to show them how to use it.”

Warnock added that this solar powered signalized crosswalk will look different that the ones at Mackenzie and Oliver Street and Oliver and Fourth.

“You push the button, the lights will blink and there will be LED’s so you should be able to see them from a distance and especially in the winter time when it’s a little darker in the mornings and after school.”

The South Quesnel Business Improvement Association is being funded $5,000 to build two bus

shelter/platforms at Juniper and Lust Road for pedestrians to have a safe place to stand while they wait for the bus.

And the District of 100 House is getting $3,531 for two speed bumps to be installed to assist with enforcing vehicles travel within the posted speed limits.

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