Crossing accessibility upgrades in saugeen shores
construction delays resulted in replacement of crossing lights on highway 21 in both port elgin and southampton to increase accessibility not being completed as scheduled before the first day of school sept. 5.
“We’re working on them — by the time we got the approvals from the ministry of Transportation for the configuration we had to tender some directional drilling to get conduits across the road and that caused delays,” said len perdue, the Town’s infrastructure manager when asked about the delays in a sept. 6 telephone interview.
he said they will push to get upgrades to the port elgin crossing completed first and the existing orange flashing lights will remain in operation until the work is complete — hopefully by the end of the month in port elgin, and mid-october in southampton at the clarendon st.crossing, north of the designated school crossing at landsdown.
“We’re upgrading the existing crossing to meet new accessibility standards with new ’dimple plates’ at the intersections so people with limited visibility know they are getting close to the edge of the road,” perdue said, adding one has already been installed on the east side of highway 21-goderich st.
at that crossing at catherine st., which is also a school crossing, guard Fay eggleston said there were “no problems” due to the on-going construction, but people crossing had to step onto the road or around barriers to cross. during three student crossings daily at catherine st. perdue said the workers halt their work to reduce activity at the crossing.
The overhead yellow crossing lights will be replaced at both locations with three colour — red, orange and green — stop lights at both locations to improve visibility and compliance, an up[grade completed in 2014 at the morpeth st. crossing in southampton.