Safe crossing celebrated

Significant road upgrade and crosswalk installation for Columbia Avenue.

Led by various members of Castlegar City Council

Led by various members of Castlegar City Council

About six weeks of work on a joint project between the City of Castlegar and the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure was saluted by a group made of of reps from those two bodies, as well as local residents on November 11.

Councillor Russ Hearne described how the intersection had been a concern for some time, and that the new facility was most welcome.

“We’re going to try and get the same thing on 32nd Street as well,” he said.

“It’s been a long time to get the crosswalk, and the drainage. We used to get a lot of puddles that would settle right in the front.”

A noticeable increase in safety is expected at the location.

“It’s a lighted, flashing crosswalk so drivers can stop. In the evening or dusk times it’ll be a heck of a lot safer to cross the road. It’s all solar powered, not costing us any money.”

Councillor Hearne indicated the provincial Ministry put in about $146,000 for the total project which was worth just over $300,000.

“The work itself was approximately six weeks once it was all planned and ready to go,” said Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Operations Manager Darrell Gunn.

“It was real easy to work with them,” said the Grand Forks-based Gunn of the municipal partners in the project.