Pedestrians can now feel more at ease when they try to cross Highway 10 at North Railway Street in Boissevain thanks to a new set of safety devices.

Signs with flashing lights were installed on Tuesday at a cost of $6,000.

Deputy Mayor Rob Adams says the project came about because of concerns voiced by a local resident. “It was an idea brought forward by a young mother who lives on the west side of the highway in the new development. She has two young kids and found it was really hard to get across the highway. Most people would stop but there is the odd motorist who would drive right through.”Safety Llight close upNew safety devices at North Railway in Boissevain

Adams points out there are a number of young families on the west side of town who have to cross the highway at that location. He says the school crossing is fine but the North Railway location has a number of pedestrians using that spot.

“I investigated what kind of safety signs we could go with and I took it to council and had two quotes and council was 100 percent in agreement and we ordered them and on Tuesday and they were installed and I think they will be a great addition” said Adams.

The two units are synchronized together and it doesn’t matter what side of the highway you are crossing if you press the activation button both sides will flash and there are light bars on both sides of the signs.

Two service groups have been approached about picking up the cost of the signs and council is waiting to hear back from those organizations.

Adams stressed how much council takes safety as a serious matter. “People likely don’t realize the existing speed signs also take a traffic count and over a 12 month period close to one million vehicles passed along that stretch of road. So that in itself tells you how many are on that highway. It’s a concern and at that intersection near North Railway there are a lot of people who cross with scooters and motorized wheel chairs so that’s another big advantage for them I think.”

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