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Williams and Shell to get railway safety additions

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 11:11 PDT, Tue September 15, 2020

The intersection at Williams and Shell roads will soon receive upgrades to improve safety.

There is an active railway that operates through the intersection, and safety features to be added include two traffic signals on each side of the tracks as well as gates that will fold down on the tracks when a train is approaching.

The city is entering into a funding agreement with the federal government, and Transport Canada will fund about $550,000 of the $700,000 project. 

“The city will operate the signals, but they will be interconnected with the railway’s system as well,” said city transportation director Lloyd Bie. “While we’ll operate (the signals), we will have to work in conjunction with the railway.”

Construction is anticipated to begin in the first quarter of 2021 and be completed about a year later. During construction, a traffic management plan will be in place. 

Coun. Michael Wolfe said the project is particularly important because of the intersection’s proximity to McNair secondary, where many students ride or walk to school on their own.

“I think it’s one of the high priority areas to get safety improvements,” he said.

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