Motorists should get ready for some delays at Vernon/Stanley intersection
Drivers travelling through Nelson using Highway 3A during June should add a little extra time to the schedule as road crews begin construction to at the crosswalk at Stanley and Vernon Streets.
Currently there are traffic advisory signs posted on the Nelson overpass and at the corner of Front and Cedar Streets as well as speed indicators to inform drivers of the project.
The $214,000 project, shared between the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the City of Nelson, will make the Vernon/Stanley Street intersection a safer place to cross Highway 3A by the more than 200 pedestrians using the crosswalk daily.
The goal of the project is to improve pedestrian visibility at this location,” said MOTI District Engineer Ryan Oakley.
Oakley said pedestrian visibility is important for motorists to have time to see that a pedestrian is waiting or actively crossing the road, react and bring their vehicle to a safe stop.
“The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the City of Nelson recognized an opportunity to improve pedestrian visibility and safety at this busy crosswalk by implementing some cost-effective improvements,” he said.
Oakley said the scope of the project is:
- Construct bump-outs on both sides of the highway, reducing the crossing distance and improving pedestrian visibility
- Construct overhead LED crosswalk signs, improving night-time visibility (similar to the ones we installed near the Safeway at 1st Street)
- Add median street lighting to help illuminate the crosswalk and intersection
- Construct sidewalk let-downs to help folks with wheelchairs or strollers
Maglio Installations Ltd of Castlegar was the successful bidder on this project.
Work on the project is expected to begin later this week and last for approximately three weeks.