News Release - June 13, 2002
PREMIER OFFICIALLY OPENS SOUTHEY CROSSWALK
Premier Lorne Calvert, Highways and Transportation Minister Mark Wartman
and students from the Grade 5 class at Robert Southey School officially
opened a new crosswalk in downtown Southey today.
The crosswalk was recently installed at the intersection of Assiniboia
Avenue and Highway 6 in Southey, which has high vehicle and pedestrian
crossing counts. Highway 6 intersects the Southey community, with the
Robert Southey School on the west side of town and the community's
recreational facilities on the east side.
"We are committed to listening to the people of Saskatchewan, and working
hard to meet their needs," Premier Calvert said. "A crosswalk was needed
in Southey to address the safety of people crossing the highway. With a
high visibility crosswalk now in place, pedestrian safety is enhanced as
drivers have advance notice that people are crossing."
The Town of Southey approached Premier Calvert during his bus tour last
spring about installing a crosswalk at this location. Town officials were
concerned that pedestrians crossing Highway 6 were not visible enough,
especially children during the hockey season. Last fall, the department
conducted a pedestrian crosswalk study that confirmed the need for a
"This is an important safety measure for Southey that will help ensure the
children and other members of the community are safe," Highways and
Transportation Minister Mark Wartman said.
The total cost for the supply and installation of the crosswalk is
estimated to be $30,000. The overhead lights run diagonally across the
intersection of Assiniboia Avenue and Highway 6 to make the safety feature
wider and taller in order to accommodate oversize hauls through town.
"Crossing Highway 6 is a daily part of life in Southey," Southey Mayor
Martin Lingelbach said. "This crosswalk means that people of all ages can
feel safer about participating in a range of activities, from sports to car
shows to church services."
For more information, contact:
Vanessa Gooliaff Beaupré
Highways and Transportation
Phone: (306) 787-4792
Cell: (306) 536-9692