Pedestrian Crosswalks Promote Safety in Port Hope
The Town of Port Hope is investing in the safety of its residents by installing two new crosswalks in high-traffic areas.
Both Peter Street and Ontario Street in the downtown were identified by the municipality as areas requiring pedestrian crossways. Both of these Streets have heavy vehicular traffic and required safe passage for residents to access commercial businesses, mailboxes, bus stops and connecting neighbourhoods.
Using investments from the Canada Community-Building Fund, the Town of Port Hope was able to hire an outside engineering firm to design its new crosswalk areas, which incorporate yellow flashing beacons that are push-button activated, regulatory signs and pavement markings. They are also compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and include audible alerts for the visually impaired.
The Town also asked the public to provide valuable feedback related to location and usage of the crosswalks. Now that public consultation has concluded, the Town has now finished installing both crosswalks.
The addition of these new crossing areas will make Port Hope a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists, and people with accessibility needs, while also making it easier to navigate the town’s urban centre and its commercial businesses.