BIBLE HILL – Despite few children making use of some Bible Hill crosswalks, there will not be any cuts made to village crossing guards. In fact, one more will be added.
One area closely watched during the past year was at the College Road and Osprey Court intersection. Village commissioners decided this week to keep a crossing guard at the site now that its one-year pilot project has come to an end.
A crossing guard was placed at the intersection in September after area concerns arose about safety of young children crossing a busy street on the way to village schools. The area was monitored for usage during three separate weeks since March, with an overall average of 11 children per day using the College/Osprey crosswalk.
Village commissioner Sharon McLean was thrilled with the decision to keep the crossing guard in place.
"I feel very strongly about having a crossing guard at Osprey," said McLean. "The layout of the road and the speed are (problematic) ... and parents in Osprey are gaining some confidence there with the crossing guard."
Another area currently of concern is at Pictou and East Court roads, said commissioner Lois MacCormick.
"We should consider providing a guard at East Court and College Road for the 2012-2013 for a one-year trial period," said MacCormick, adding that area is also very busy, and often congested with traffic.
Random week counts on the Pictou/East Court Road intersection showed there were an average of 10 children using the crosswalk a day to get to elementary, middle and junior high schools in the community.