In addition, the Ministry of Transportation will install double chevron signs and raised, reflective delineators along the curved section in the spring. A report issued last year estimated the cost of Chevron signs to run approximately $7,000.
As usual, the section of walking trail between 86 Street and 112 Avenue will be closed and not maintained between October 1 and May 15, with signs advising the seasonal closure. Mayor Lori Ackerman explains that the new safety measures were recommended from a safety audit on that stretch of road done by the Ministry.
"If the first three items there were done, then [the Ministry] felt that the safety of the walking trail was significantly increased," she explains, "so the City will continue to do business as usual with the trail."
The audit was ordered after council's decision last August to decomission that section sparked public outrage and hundreds of residents showed up to a "Save the Walking Trail" event. It was conducted by an independent engineering firm, to take a look at the safety risks from a non-emotional, engineering standpoint.
Ackerman says the idea of changing the name of the East Bypass Road to reflect its current purpose is still under consideration. While there are no plans to move the bypass route in the next few years, Scott Maxwell, Transportation Ministry District Manager for the Peace District, has said it could be a possibility in the long run as the Ministry and City look at a larger, more regional plan.
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