Work is underway on traffic calming measures in two areas along Highway 19A to improve safety.
The projects at Hemsworth Road and the newly-constructed Rodway Trail should be completed by the end of the month, according to a media release by the Town of Qualicum Beach.
A marked crosswalk, with pedestrian activated flashing lights, will be installed at Hemsworth Road, along with a posted 50 km/h speed limit and median islands to increase motorist awareness of the crosswalk. The shoulder on the north side of Highway 19A will be widened and a new streetlight will be installed on the northwest corner, according to the town.
A new marked crosswalk, with pedestrian activated flashing lights, will also be put in place where the Rodway Trail meets the highway. Crews will also extend the curb and install a raised island on the north side of Highway 19A to identify the north end of the crosswalk, eliminate parking and provide an all-weather pedestrian walkway.
Work will be ongoing between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays and traffic will be single lane along Highway 19A at these sections, with short intermittent closures on Hemsworth Road (detours in place). Signs have been posted and traffic control crews will be on-site, according to the town.
The upgrades are part of Qualicum Beach’s Age Friendly Transportation Plan to improve the mobility for people of all ages and abilities, especially those who choose active modes of transportation.