There are more road safety improvements underway in Prince George.
The city announced today (June 19) there will be traffic signals installed at Ospika Blvd. and 22 Ave.
Construction officially starts today with the expectation the project will be completed mid-August of this summer. Crews have been contracted from McElhanney Engineering, IDL Projects, and Westcana Electric to work on the project.
The city says the project will have numerous benefits including:
- Improved access to nearby residential, light industrial, and recreational areas
- Better and safer pedestrian access across Ospika Blvd.
- Improved intersection safety
- Enhanced access for new developments west of Exhibition Park
“Council is pleased to see these additional improvements are coming to Ospika Boulevard, which build on our on-going efforts to increase traffic safety throughout the city,” Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall says in a release. “In particular, having left-turn lanes from 22 Ave. onto Ospika will be safer for drivers, and the installation of crosswalks across Ospika will improve safety for pedestrians.”
The signals will operate similar to the ones installed in 2017 at the Ospika and Ferry Avenue intersection.
The project will also include vehicle detection technology as well as pedestrian-activated crosswalks.
The city adds Left-turn lanes will be added on 22 Ave. in both directions and are currently already present at the intersection on Ospika.
Nearby streetlights are also slated to be updated.
At different times, the city says Ospika Blvd. will be single lane traffic in each direction during construction, while 22 Ave. may also see single-lane alternating traffic and full closures.