Mod­i­fy­ing routes

Town of Kens­ing­ton now per­mits snow­mo­biles to ac­cess down­town through rail yards only

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

Snow­mo­bile en­thu­si­asts will now have to use a dif­fer­ent route to en­ter the core area of Kens­ing­ton.

Town of­fi­cials, in an ef­fort to en­hance pub­lic safety, are per­mit­ting snow­mo­bil­ers to ac­cess the down­town through the rai­l­yards only.

Tra­di­tion­ally, snow­mo­biles used cor­ri­dors along Vic­to­ria Street East and Woodleigh Drive, which, of­fi­cials said, has re­sulted in only mi­nor in­ci­dents.

How­ever, the town felt with the re­cent re­align­ment of the Tim Hor­ton’s Drive Thru and re­sult­ing in­creased traf­fic, the po­ten­tial for in­ci­dents in­creased. In ad­di­tion, the cor­ri­dors used did not align with cur­rent provin­cial leg­is­la­tion.

By us­ing the rai­l­yards, the town says, snow­mo­biles can ac­cess key area ser­vices with the least amount of in­ter­ac­tion with ve­hic­u­lar and pedes­trian traf­fic.

The new route re­moves snow­mo­biles from highly trav­elled ar­eas and di­rects them to cross high­ways at 90-de­gree an­gles.

Kens­ing­ton Mayor Rowan Case­ley said snow­mo­biles are al­ways wel­come to the town.

“We, in no way, want to re­strict their ac­cess to Kens­ing­ton. We just want to en­sure it is done in as safe a man­ner as pos­si­ble,” said Case­ley.

Work­shop at­ten­dance is manda­tory for any grower who in­tends to sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion to the P.E.I. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture for fund­ing to cover a por­tion of the costs as­so­ci­ated with set­ting up on-farm dis­in­fec­tion.

In­for­ma­tion on the new ap­proach to clean­ing and dis­in­fec­tion will be pro­vided.

Biose­cu­rity, Bac­te­rial Ring Rot and types of equip­ment for proper clean­ing and dis­in­fec­tion will be cov­ered.

Al­though pre-reg­is­tra­tion is not manda­tory, it is en­cour­aged to en­sure suf­fi­cient seat­ing and avail­abil­ity of work­shop ma­te­rial. Grow­ers are en­cour­aged to call the board of­fice, 902-8926551 or by email, Deb­


Kenny Mur­phy, with Char­lot­te­town parks and recre­ation, grooms one of the ski tails at Vic­to­ria Park on a snow­mo­bile. The Town of Kens­ing­ton is look­ing at ways to make snow­mo­bil­ing safe in the town.

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