AMHERST – A promised crosswalk that will make it safer for Centennial Villa and other residents to cross Church Street to access area businesses is now in place.
Amherst work crews spent part of the past week painting the crosswalk onto the street, extending a culvert, altering an existing sidewalk to make it wheelchair accessible and building a new sidewalk on the opposite side of the street.
Some asphalt patching and landscaping still need to be done.
Motorists are reminded to be mindful of the new crosswalk.
“I know this has been a bit of a journey getting to this point for the residents and staff at Centennial Villa, but I know that I speak on behalf of all of members of council when I say how pleased we are to be able to finally get this crosswalk in place,” Mayor David Kogon said on Nov. 2.
The crosswalk had been denied several times in the past, but recent changes to guidelines in the Transportation Association of Canada manual resulted in Police Chief Ian Naylor, the town’s traffic authority, recommending its installation last month.
Town council approved a recommendation at its Oct. 23 meeting to spend $5,000 to do the work. The money is to come from the town’s general operating and asphalt patching budgets.