Cross­walk com­ing to Har­bour Grace school

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA MU­NIC­I­PAL­I­TIES ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Re­spond­ing to the con­cerns of par­ents who feel their chil­dren are not safe cross­ing Route 70 to get to school, Har­bour Grace’s town coun­cil has de­cided to in­stall a cross­walk by St. Fran­cis School.

This fall, New­found­land and Labrador English School Dis­trict started to strictly ad­here to a rule re­quir­ing stu­dents liv­ing within a 1.6-kilo­me­tre buf­fer zone to walk to school in­stead of tak­ing the bus.

Par­ents all over the prov­ince have crit­i­cized NLESD over the en­force­ment of this rule. In Har­bour Grace, there are par­tic­u­lar con­cerns about stu­dents cross­ing Route 70 and the con­di­tion of the road’s shoul­ders. Traf­fic has been known to zip along at speeds ex­ceed­ing the posted limit of 50 kilo­me­tres per hour.

The town pre­vi­ously asked gov­ern­ment to re­duce the speed limit around the school and was told that wasn’t hap­pen­ing. At Thurs­day’s coun­cil meet­ing, Coun. Hay­ward Blake pro­posed that the town in­stall a cross­walk on the road, which is provin­cially owned and op­er­ated.

“Now we can call Trans­porta­tion and Works, but if it’s some­thing that’s go­ing to take an­other pe­riod of time and the safety is a fac­tor here … There should be two or three cross­walks up there,” Blake told his fel­low coun­cil mem­bers.

There is tech­ni­cally one cross­walk lo­cated next to the old court­house, which leads to a short path just down from the school, but it has not been painted of late.

“Let’s get it done and take a proac­tive move here and phys­i­cally paint the cross­walk and not re­quest that we do it … It’s our town, and it’s the safety of our young peo­ple,” said Blake.

“It’s al­ways easy to ask for for­give­ness af­ter the fact,” added Mayor Terry Barnes.

The mo­tion to paint a cross­walk was unan­i­mously ap­proved.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

This cross­walk next to the old court­house has not been painted and would be hard for mo­torists to no­tice.

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