Im­prov­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity

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There’s some con­struc­tion work hap­pen­ing on El­iz­a­beth Street near the in­ter­sec­tion with O’Con­nell Drive but it has noth­ing to do with re­cent changes to the traf­fic flow in the area. The work be­ing un­der­taken by the City of Cor­ner Brook is to im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity in the area for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. The city re­ceived $58,821 from the fed­eral En­abling Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Fund Community Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Stream in Fe­bru­ary and a por­tion of that money is be­ing used to in­stall ac­ces­si­ble pedes­trian sig­nals at the in­ter­sec­tion, make im­prove­ments to the side­walk lead­ing to the in­ter­sec­tion and im­prove­ments to the ex­ist­ing traf­fic is­land to pro­vide im­proved refuge for pedes­tri­ans. But many peo­ple thought the work was to im­prove traf­fic flow in the area. Af­ter the city changed the nearby in­ter­sec­tion at Union Street and O’Con­nell Drive to right turn only traf­fic look­ing to turn left onto O’Con­nell Drive has been di­verted to the lights at the El­iz­a­beth Street in­ter­sec­tion and has re­sulted in some con­ges­tion in the area. The city says that is­sue is on its radar.

DIANE CROCKER/THE WESTERN STAR

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