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Traffic calming measures proceed for Vernon neighbourhood

Crosswalks will be installed on 25th Street to improve pedestrian safety. - Morning Star file photo
Crosswalks will be installed on 25th Street to improve pedestrian safety.
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Traffic calming is proceeding in a Vernon neighbourhood but not to the extent originally proposed.

City council decided Monday to install crosswalks at three sections of 25th Street as a way of slowing down motorists and enhancing pedestrian safety.

“It’s a first step to make that community safer,” said Coun. Brian Quiring.

However, other measures such as possibly right-in and right-out access at intersections are on hold until at least 2015.

“There are other things we want to consider,” said Quiring.

“We are doing the right thing by looking at it further.”

The city required 66 per cent support from residents in the immediate neighbourhood for the entire traffic management plan but that fell short at 63 per cent.

As a result, staff recommended crosswalks at this time and going back to the residents next year to see how effective the crosswalks have been and if more needs to be done to control motorists.

Council has also instructed staff to take immediate steps to contact some of the nearby businesses who generate through traffic on 25th Street.

“A significant amount of traffic and problem is coming from trucks and contractors (for local businesses),” said Quiring.

“We need to look at how to deal with that.”

 

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