BIBLE HILL – It could cost the Village of Bible Hill more than $190,000 to potentially construct a new pedestrian sidewalk along a busy stretch of College Road.
Crosswalk concerns continue in Bible Hill
“I’m surprised at that cost,” said the village’s deputy chairwoman Lois MacCormick of the price tag that could reach $194,000 “and that’s not complete … trees would have to be replaced too.”
The village commission has been discussing the need for a crosswalk at the College and Vimy road intersection for quite a while. The Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department has rejected its plea for a crosswalk there.
PDI Engineering Group Inc. evaluated the area to determine the feasibility of constructing a new pedestrian sidewalk, along the north side of College Road to the existing crosswalk just beyond the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus MacRae library, in lieu of a controlled pedestrian crossing at the Vimy and College road intersection.
The existing north-based sidewalk along College Road terminates at the Vimy Road intersection and starts again along the south side of the road in west direction.
“Traffic is so fast there. You are risking your life to cross that street. I feel strongly we need to get this going,” said commissioner Sharon McLean during a village committee meeting on Tuesday night.
“As long as we get a safe crossing I don’t care where it is,” McLean said.
Commissioners will spent time at the crosswalk and proposed areas before next Tuesday’s regular monthly village meeting to experience for themselves the difficulties crossing the busy street.
They will again discuss their options for the project next week.