The City of Brandon is set to in the months ahead pilot a new-to-Brandon type of pedestrian crossing device in an effort to improve safety at three city intersections.
As noted in a Thursday blog posting by University Ward councillor Shaun Cameron, a crossing at Victoria Avenue and McDiarmid Drive will this summer see installation of Brandon’s first Rapid Response Flashing Beacon.
The type of crossing involves signage and button-triggered rapidly flashing lights placed at a lower level than traditional more prominent crossing infrastructure is constructed. In addition to being potentially more noticable for being in drivers’ immediate field of view, the solar powered crossing is said to be more cost efficient in installing than more typical overhead crossings with total upgrades at Victoria and McDiarmid budgeted at $20k-$40k.
Current crossing at Victoria Ave and McDiarmid Dr
Following Victoria & McDiarmid, the style of crossing is also planned for the intersections of 34th Street and Lakeview Drive as well as 15th Street and Princess Avenue.
A similar crossing has been in-place in Portage la Prairie since last year as part of a busy crossing across the city’s Highway 1A/Saskatchewan Avenue (pictured). Similar systems are in place in Morden and Winnipeg.
In light of accidents that have taken place, the topic of pedestrian safety and potential improvements has been at the forefront locally in recent months including recently raised eBrandon discussion. You can review local thoughts and chip in with your own two cents in the attached thread.