Speed radar signs on the way for Har­bour Grace school

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

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is of­fer­ing some help to ap­pease Har­bour Grace res­i­dents wor­ried about the safety of chil­dren walk­ing to a lo­cal school.

Ever since New­found­land and Labrador English School Dis­trict started tak­ing a hard­line ap­proach to en­forc­ing a long­stand­ing rule pro­hibit­ing kids to take the bus if they lived less than 1.6- kilo­me­tres from a school, par­ents all over the prov­ince have com­plained.

In the case of Har­bour Grace, some stu­dents walk­ing to St. Fran­cis School need to cross the old Con­cep­tion Bay High­way to reach the school. There is one cross­walk lo­cated next to the old court­house across from the school. The paint for that cross­walk had al­most com­pleted faded be­fore Trans­porta­tion and Works staff patched it up in the fall.

At last Thurs­day’s CBN Joint Coun­cil meet­ing in Up­per Is­land Cove, Har­bour Grace- Port de Grave MHA Pam Par­sons, who has met with con­cerned par­ents at protests in her dis­trict, an­nounced the de­part­ment would in­stall speed radar signs near the school.

There’s a lot of con­cern with young kids on the high­way. — Pam Par­sons

“There’s a lot of con­cern with young kids on the high­way,” Par­sons said Thurs­day. “I did some ad­vo­cat­ing, and there are go­ing to be speed radar signs put in place in Har­bour Grace. I know that’s some­thing that the town has been lob­by­ing for for years.”

The high­way run­ning through Har­bour Grace is a pro­vin­cial road, with many mo­torists known to ex­ceed the posted speed limit of 50 kilo­me­tres per hour.

Har­bour Grace coun­cil pre­vi­ously re­quested to re­duce to the speed limit around the school, but was told that wouldn’t hap­pen.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

St. Fran­cis School stu­dents gather for a protest held last fall in Har­bour Grace.

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