Letters

Short-term pain for long-term gain

Re: Kingsway/Imperial to get safety fix (NewsLeader, March 28)

I’d like to offer some background to the planned improvements the city is making to the Kingsway/Imperial intersection.

Many of us living, working and attending school in the area have experienced and witnessed the problems that exist currently here.

While the “X configuration” is unusual, the repeated disregard of obvious signage by drivers has made this intersection a significant challenge.

For example, drivers turn left illegally and disregard “yield to pedestrian” signage. Too often, we witness drivers ignoring the obvious signage and putting everyone at risk.

We also see pedestrians “jayrunning” across six lanes on Kingsway rather than using the currently legal means of crossing—which requires using four crosswalks.

There was a recent fatality, and there are frequent accidents.

With road work comes inconvenience.

But the short term pain will result in the long term gain of improved pedestrian and vehicle safety, and the decreased disruption of business and traffic flow past accidents have caused.

Diane Gillis

President

Kingsway Imperial

Neighbourhood Ass’n- KINA

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