The municipality of Chatham-Kent is looking to improve street safety, one step at a time.
Following the completion of a pilot project to review downtown locations where pedestrian safety could be improved, the engineering department is hoping to bring PXO Type D crossings to the following sites:
– King Street West, west of Fourth Street in Chatham
– King Street West, east of Sixth Street in Chatham
– St. George Street South, south of Lindsley Street in Dresden
– Main Street East, east of Albert Avenue in Ridgetown
– London Road mid-way between Lemuel Street and Ann Street in Thamesville
– Queen Street North, south of Prospect Street in Tilbury
– James Street, east of William Street in Wallaceburg
– Talbot Street West, west of Catherine Street in Blenheim
It was recommended to council that:
1. Contract T20-366 (Downtown Pedestrian Crossing Improvements – Chatham-Kent) be awarded to DiCocco Contractors 2015 Inc. of Sarnia, Ontario, at a total value of $180,797.54 (Including HST).
2. The total cost of $180,797.54 (including HST) will be funded from the 2021 Capital and 2021 Lifecycle (Roads) budgets.
3. Chatham-Kent Traffic and Parking By-law #245-2004 be amended, as outlined in Appendix A of this report, to add the new pedestrian crossovers to be constructed under contract T20-366.
According to Ward 3 Councilor Steve Pinsonneault, he wished to move the recommendation with one exception -- the Thamesville: London Road mid-way between Lemuel Street and Ann Street be removed from the tender and the by-law.
Pinsonneault said he wished to remove the Thamesville road as the Thamesville Improvement Association does not improve the recommendation.
“There is a loss of four parking spots on a very tight street, and it is not a necessary location,” said Pinsonneault.
John Wright, also a councillor from Ward 3, agreed with Pinsonneault’s recommendation to remove the PXO in Thamesville from the tender and the by-law.
Council voted to pass the following motion 94 percent to 6 percent.
The PXO Type D type crossing design consists of only signs and pavement markings with no electrical devices, flashing beacons or pushbuttons. According to the staff report, this design is suitable for downtown areas, which tend to have lower speed limits.
According to the report, “Preliminary design drawings were sent to the respective Business Improvement Areas for consultation”.
Curb drops and sidewalk ramps with tactile plates will be installed at each PXO crosswalk. Signs warning drivers of the new crosswalks will also be installed for a period of time.
The specified completion date of the contract work is May 28.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News