AHE crosswalk considered
The City will investigate the possibility of installing a flashing pedestrian-controlled crosswalk and new sidewalks along Nichol Road after the members of the Arrow Heights Parent Advisory Council met with the Public Works Committee earlier this month.
“Their concerns were first forwarded to the City in January 2006 in anticipation of increased safety issues with the development and construction of Revelstoke Mountain Resort,” Councillor Chris Johnston told Council last Monday. “The AHPAC has concerns regarding student safety when crossing Airport Way to Nichol Road and walking along Nichol Road. The area has seen increased traffic with the ongoing construction and it is expected that visitor traffic unfamiliar with the area and school will also continue to increase.”
In a letter to Council AHPAC Chairwoman Karyn Molder said parents are genuinely concerned.
“We have already observed rising volumes of traffic and increased speed of vehicles using Nichol Road and Airport Way as the primary access for ski hill construction,” she wrote. “With the anticipated ski hill operation beginning in December this traffic will steadily increase. Current pedestrian protection measures were not designed with this increased traffic in mind.
“In view of this we fear for our children’s safety. Clear safety upgrades need to be made to keep pace with rising traffic volumes.”
He said the committee recommended that municipal staff prepare a cost estimate for both the sidewalks and the cross walk for inclusion in the 2008 budget discussions.
City officials will also “explore funding opportunities for developing a trail-linkage system in the area” and then consider their inclusion as part of the area’s subdivision process.
DAVID F. ROONEY