Final project changes to cost taxpayers $333,000
The first phase of construction at two major intersections in the city is underway.
The junctions where High Street and Manitoba Street meet Main Street North are being redone, with a total price tag of $333,000.
The cost for improvements at Main Street North and High Street is $185,000. It includes lane changes, the replacement of traffic signal poles, underground wiring, changes to the storm sewer, the construction of a paraplegic ramp and improvements to curbs and sidewalks. The second intersection will get the same treatment – to the tune of $148,000 – excluding changes to the storm sewer system.
In the first stage, the city is eliminating one of the two leftturn lanes at both intersections, due to safety concerns for drivers.
“There isn’t enough radius to (turn left) safely especially if there’s an oncoming vehicle from the High Street westbound lane also trying to make a left turn heading south,” said Craig Hemingway, communications manager for the City of Moose Jaw. “There’s a high risk of collision presently as that happens.”
According to a city news release, crews will establish one left-turn lane, one straight-through lane, and one right-turn lane eastbound at the intersection of High Street West and Main Street North.
On Manitoba Street West, they will create one left-turning lane and two straight lanes from two-left turning lanes and one straight lane.
Hemmingway noted there wasn’t enough traffic to warrant two left-turn lanes and he expects traffic disruption to be minor. Drivers may need time to get used to the new changes, but they will be given advance noticed as they approach the junction.
“We would be installing signs about 100 m back of those intersections,” Hemmingway said.
Work began Wednesday and is expected to conclude next Saturday, Oct. 7.
Further upgrades are planned for November for the installation of detection sensor cameras that will monitor traffic flow, road and weather conditions, and change lights depending on the amount of traffic.
The rest of the work is set to begin next year, Hemmingway said.
SUBMITTED The city will remove one of the two left-turn lanes on Manitoba Street going on to Main Street North.