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City adding more crosswalk locations

Pedestrians will soon find ease crossing more streets in the city.

The city of Grande Prairie has adopted a new way of making decisions on where crosswalks will go.

They formerly used the 1998 version of the Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide which was considered to have little wiggle room for deciding on where a cross would go. The Transport Association of Canada then established the 2012 version which Grande Prairie recently adopted.

The city will now look at different areas for crosswalks that were kept off the radar because of the old criteria.

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Although Enforcement Services Manager Chris Manuel explains that every corner in the city is considered a cross walk, this will allow for crosswalks added to areas that may have not had a high amount of people crossing but was risky to cross.

The change will allow the city to enhance community mobility while promoting public safety.

They are also looking at adding specialized crosswalks around the city with some near schools which will include flashing lights.

Adopting and creating a unique crossing warrant assessment tool would have cost between $50,000 and $100,000. The process would have also taken around 1 year to complete.

People will soon be able to cross the street north of the Farmer’s Market. There is a new addition of marked crosswalks being added to the four way stop at 102nd Avenue and 101st Street.

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