Brunswick School crosswalk project gets $57,000 boost

MELFORT — The City of Melfort is receiving $57,000 for the project to improve the crosswalk at the corner of Brunswick School and Stovel Avenue.

“The intersection will include bump outs, which will shorten the travel distance for pedestrians crossing the street,” said Brent Lutz, director of development, planning and community relations. “It also improves the visibility of pedestrians on the side of the street waiting to cross for traffic that’s moving along the street there.”

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The entire project is expected to be completed in advance of the start of the school year in September.

The funding comes from the provincial traffic safety fund grant, which previously gave the city $17,500 in funding to complete a traffic safety study which recommended the improvements for the project.

“The need was identified over a year ago in regards to increasing safety regarding children walking to school and traffic around Brunswick School,” Lutz said. “As a part of that study they identified some items where there were some safety initiatives that we could undertake to make it safer for pedestrians and traffic.”

The North East School Division, in partnership with the City of Melfort, will undertake improvements to the sidewalks on the east side of Brunswick Street at the same time the work on the intersections is completed.

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