Junc­tion over­haul

Fi­nal project changes to cost tax­pay­ers $333,000

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - FRONT PAGE - JOSHUA SAN­TOS

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.

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