Traffic lights coming in order of priority

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November 13, 2014 9:32 AM

The corner of 25 Street and 53 Avenue will be more pedestrian friendly come the end of the year.

At Monday’s meeting, council decided to move forward on installing traffic lights at the intersection.

City Coun. Linnea Goodhand said that the intersection has been on council’s radar for some time, and now the project fits into the budget.

“We know that there are more pedestrians crossing at this intersection, compared to other intersections that might need a traffic light,” she said.

Goodhand said that with the schools in the area, this intersection is essentially a corridor for pedestrians.

“It’s a corridor for small humans and big humans,” she said.

Goodhand said that the intersection was looked at some time ago, and was scored on a scale up to 100, and the intersection scored the highest on all the intersections that were looked at during the time of inspection.

“There are a number of factors that come into play and the number one is sheer traffic and that is self evident,” said Goodhand.

“Posted speed signs was another, the faster or slower determines a little bit more on what the traffic lights are.

Also, the pedestrian count, its another factor.”

Goodhand said that each factor is weighted differently.

“Our experts tell us that once you weigh each criteria, you come up with a number and that number creates a sense of urgency around that intersection,” she said.

Currently there is a pedestrian cross walk at the intersection.

“Again, if we took the number today, we might see a different outcome, but we can’t be completely current with our numbers,” she added.

“We are dealing with some historical needs and we are going to address those needs going forward.”

Goodhand admitted that this intersection isn’t the only one that is troublesome.

“There are a lot of troublesome intersections that are in this town,” she said. “It’s just a matter of targeting (those intersection) in an order of priority.”

The other intersection that was discussed was the three-way intersection near Lakeland College. “That intersection, I suspect, we see really high traffic counts but we don’t, believe, see really high pedestrian traffic there,” she said.

The new traffic lights at the intersection will cost $181,594.00 plus GST.

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