Two downtown crosswalks greenlit for improvements

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
September 29, 2017 - 6:31am

In a stride to help enhance safety for pedestrians, Drayton Valley Town Council has approved two new crosswalk improvement projects.

The two crosswalks receiving a facelift are both located in downtown. The crosswalk on 51 Ave and 51 Street along with the crosswalk on 52 Ave near the 55 plus club will receive a curb extension and new high visibility crosswalk lights. One big change on 51 Ave and 51 Street that once the project is complete, the two stops signs by the crosswalk will be removed. 

At Wednesday’s council meeting Pam Balke of Bylaw Enforcement said she spoke to business owners in the areas where the crosswalks are, and they were all in favor of adjustments.

Balke added the crosswalk on 52 Avenue was especially troublesome, mentioning that the overhead light there didn’t seem to work very well.

Councillor Bossert called for increased signage on 51 Ave and 51 Street alerting motorists once the stop signs have been removed, due to it being a “significant change” with the road having been a two way stop for decades. 

The improvements will come at a cost of nearly $56,000 and will be coming from the remaining amounts in the 2017 Automated Traffic Enforcement Fund and the 2017 Capital Budget.

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