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Crossover installed on James Street (3 photos)

The intersection of James Street and Vale Avenue sees a lot of pedestrian traffic due to the close proximity of the Kinsmen Centre and the Northwood Playfield.

THUNDER BAY -- Thunder Bay’s fourth pedestrian crossover is officially active at the intersection of James Street and Vale Avenue.

“It’s a huge improvement for walkability and accessibility in our neighbourhood,” Northwood Coun. Shelby Ch’ng said.

“This is a very busy section for pedestrians, especially when it’s game night for soccer players, or there’s any activity going on at the Kinsmen Centre.”

The design is similar to the cities other crossovers, featuring flashing yellow lights that signals oncoming traffic to stop, and audio cues to assist pedestrians.

The pedestrian crossovers were approved for funding and construction in the city’s 2018 budget, and cost about $75,000.

“It’s still a relatively new action in the province, it only came about in recent years,” project engineer Rick Harms said.

The crossover, which took roughly one month to complete, relies on solar power.

Harms said approaching vehicles should now be “cognisant of the flashing yellow lights, and prepare to stop when they start flashing.”

The intersection of Arundel and Toledo street will see a similar crosswalk built sometime in the fall.

Michael Charlebois

About the Author: Michael Charlebois

Michael Charlebois was born and raised in Thunder Bay, where he attended St. Patrick High School and graduated in 2015. He attends Carleton University in Ottawa where he studies journalism.
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