The project is ahead of schedule and will be completed mid May. The contractor is installing the curb and will be starting to pave next week. On Monday, May 1st (weather dependent), lane restrictions at the intersection of Talbot Street and First Avenue will be in place from 9pm until 7:30am the next morning to complete the paving of the intersection. Westbound traffic on Talbot will be able to turn northbound onto First Avenue, Eastbound traffic on Talbot will be able to turn northbound onto First Avenue, and Southbound traffic on First Avenue will be able to turn westbound onto Talbot Street, all other movements will be restricted.
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The City is installing a number of new button activated Pedestrian Crossovers to improve pedestrian safety. At these locations drivers are required by law to stop until pedestrians have fully crossed the road before proceeding. This is different than at typical intersections where drivers may proceed once a pedestrian has crossed halfway across the road.
Pedestrian Crossovers can have a few different layouts but are designed by these key elements: 'Stop for Pedestrian' signage, a triangular yield line painted on the road, and optional rapid flashing yellow beacons.
To get an idea of how these Crossovers work please watch this video provided by the City of Hamilton.
Example of a new Crossover (PXO) referenced from Ontario Ministry of Transportation website
Pedestrians need to press the button to activate the yellow flashing beacons and ensure approaching vehicles are coming to a stop before stepping out on the roadway. Make sure drivers see you before you cross. If the driver is stopped, make eye contact before you step into the road.
Drivers and cyclists must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers and school crossings where there is a crossing guard - it's the law! Watch for children. Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning.
The penalty for not yielding the whole roadway to pedestrians at pedestrian crossovers and school crossings is a fine in the range of $150 - $500 and drivers may also face three demerit points upon conviction. Fines are doubled in community Safety Zones.
These new devices will be installed at the following four locations this year:
- Burwell Road at Greenway Boulevard
- Chestnut Street mid block between Park Avenue and First Avenue
- Talbot Street and Metcalfe Street
- Talbot Street mid block between Stanley Street and William Street
It is up to both drivers and pedestrians to keep everyone safe on Ontario roads. Do your part and be a kind, courteous driver.
More information can be found on The Ministry of Transportation website.
Please be advised that construction will start on Elm Street from Centennial Avenue to east of Tyke Road for underground storm sewer installation. The construction will start on Monday, May 1, 2017 with traffic control and lane restriction in place until the end of May 2017. Please follow traffic control signs and personnel on site in order to navigate through the construction zone safely.
The City is excited to announce the Edward Street Road Rehabilitation Project will start in April. The Burwell Road Rehabilitation project will begin after Edward Street has been completed. Construction is expected to be complete in July 2017. For more information visit the Construction Projects page.
The Elgin St. Thomas Age-Friendly Committee is developing a community plan for residents of Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas. An Age-Friendly community is one where policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environments support and enable older residents to lead healthy, active lives and stay involved in their communities.
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