Crosswalk demands surface

Residents of an Armstrong roadway want the city to consider putting in a crosswalk for safety concerns

Residents of an Armstrong roadway want the city to consider putting in a crosswalk for safety concerns.

Six residents of Burns Avenue have asked council to consider a crosswalk that crosses Rosedale Avenue at Becker Street.

“The children going to and from school or the (Memorial) park, the adults that live in this area and people in the community that are just out for a walk, walk Burns Avenue to Becker Street, then cross over Rosedale Avenue to the sidewalk on the other side of the street,” wrote Synece Graves, whose letter to council was signed by five other Burns Avenue residents.

“The traffic is continuous and usually moving along quickly all year long.

“This is really a safety concern for all that walk that route.”

The city’s public works department told council Burns Avenue is a short length of east-west roadway south of Rosedale Avenue.

An existing pedestrian crosswalk is available for use by Burns Avenue residents, 200 metres east of the Becker intersection at Jarvis Street.

Paint and sign costs, including installation, are about $2,150, with annual maintenance costs of $150.

“This cost does not include any concrete work associated with curb or sidewalk,” said public works manager Tim Perepolkin. “As well, there would be dealing with existing fences, hedges and other utilities that would be impacted in the vicinity.”

Council agreed with the residents that the road is a safety concern, and will look at putting in a crosswalk next year.

 

“We will put the request into our 2016 budget deliberations,” said Mayor Chris Pieper. “This will give us a chance to review the Becker intersection where there is no crosswalk, and it will allow us to look at Burns Avenue, because it’s not as safe as it could be.”