Carleton Place Council addresses safety concerns along new OVRT
At Tuesday’s committee of the whole meeting for Carleton Place town council, the Ottawa Valley Rail Trail’s success brought some concerns about roadway crossings to the table.
Earlier this summer, councillor Linda Seccaspina brought forward a notice of motion to discuss the installation of marked pedestrian crossings for OVRT users in town limits. She noted at that time that she’d received numerous reports from residents about difficulties in crossing busy streets such as Townline Road and Moore Street when using the trail.
Council instructed staff in August to come back with a detailed report covering conditions at all 9 sites in town where the trail crosses streets and costs for vehicle signage and other appropriate pedestrian safety measures.
The committee agreed to approve construction this year of pedestrian cross-over signs and pavement markings at Lake Ave. East, Coleman, Albert, Franklin, and Rosamund Steets for a total cost of $8,500. The crossing a Moore St. will be addressed in 2021 with a fully signalized crosswalk mandating vehicles yield to pedestrians when the crossing lights are activated.