The Municipality of North Cowichan has announced that it will be installing a new signalized crosswalk along Henry Road in Chemainus.
The signalized crosswalk will be placed adjacent to the Mount Brenton Golf Course, according to a press release from the municipality.
The move is in response to public safety concerns over a stretch of road that is considered to be dangerous by the community.
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring suggests that the daily traffic count along this stretch of Henry Road is approximately 5,500 vehicles. Siebring highlights that a good portion of these vehicles include large axle trucks, with many of them travelling over the speed limit.
“Currently, patrons of the Mt. Brenton Golf Course and pedestrians who frequent the Cowichan Valley Trail cross Henry Road in multiple locations which are unmarked, unsanctioned, and unsafe. I have long shared the community’s concern over this and am happy to see a new signalized crosswalk being installed to augment pedestrian safety.”
The cost of this new project is estimated at $60,000 and will be covered by funds re-allocated from the Chemainus Road Upgrade Project, says the municipality, because Phase Two of the project has come in under-budget.
The Henry Road cost estimates include a painted crosswalk, flashing beacons, protection barriers and a channelized concrete median for lane narrowing and traffic calming.
The Municipality of North Cowichan says construction is scheduled to begin in the fall.