Cross­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity up­grades in saugeen shores

Shoreline Beacon - - Sports -

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.

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