Crosswalk coming to Harbour Grace school
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.
This crosswalk next to the old courthouse has not been painted and would be hard for motorists to notice.