Speed radar signs on the way for Harbour Grace school
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.
St. Francis School students gather for a protest held last fall in Harbour Grace.