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New Campbell River beacons installed to protect pedestrians

Crossing the road is becoming safer in Campbell River, through the installation of four road beacons.

Called rapid rectangular flashing beacons, the beacons are made with the goal of improving pedestrian safety, with the beacons having been installed between ERT Road and Maple Street, ERT Road and Evergreen Road, Highway 19A and Dahl Road, and between Highway 19A and Twillingate Road.

Residents just push a button, which results in warning lights to start flashing, signaling the vehicles to slow down, with residents still advised to proceed with caution.

City Transportation Specialist Melissa Heidema says by improving crosswalks, it not only encourages more walking, but helps strengthen safety for the community.

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“Rapid rectangular flashing beacons are one of the many tools the City is using to assist pedestrians and drivers to create safer streets for all road users,” says Heidema.

The City adds that while three of the four beacons have received upgrades, the beacon at Twillingate Road is waiting for pavement markings to be installed.

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