By Gord Bowes, News staff
Temporary traffic signals are being installed on Upper Sherman north of Rymal.
Permanent lights are being installed when Upper Sherman is scheduled to be urbanized in 2017, but lights at Acadia/Dulgaren are needed earlier out of pedestrian safety concerns, said Ward 7 councillor Scott Duvall.
Numerous St. Jean de Brebeuf students and other pedestrians walk in the area, which has a sidewalk only on the east side of Upper Sherman, and a new subdivision on Dulgaren Street has increased vehicle traffic, leading to the temporary measure.
“We need to have something for the kids,” said the central Mountain councillor.
The lights are expected to be in place by Labour Day.
The $100,000 cost of the temporary system is coming from the public works capital budget. It is expected to cost $6,000 a year to operate.
One-quarter of the cost of permanent lights will be paid by a local developer as a condition of subdivision approval. When Upper Sherman is urbanized, it will include curbs, sidewalks on both sides and possibly a centre turning lane.