The province is installing sidewalks on Charlottetown’s Upton Road amid complaints from residents | Pro IQRA News

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The PEI Department of Transportation and Infrastructure says it plans to make changes to a dangerous stretch of road near the bypass in Charlottetown. But people who use the road every day say the changes don’t go far enough.

Crews are working on three sections of Upton Road between the Maypoint Road and Upton Road roundabouts.

The province is installing crosswalks with fast-blinking beacons on 4th Street near the Upton Road roundabout, as well as on McCarville Street; Main intersection to West Royal Industrial Park; and on Nicholas Lane leading to the Nissan dealership. (Google Maps)

The province is installing crosswalks with fast-blinking beacons on 4th Street near the Upton Road roundabout, as well as on McCarville Street; Main intersection to West Royal Industrial Park; and on Nicholas Lane leading to the Nissan dealership.

He said the plan was well underway before a two-car crash on the road last week sent a woman to hospital with serious injuries.

But some Charlottetown residents said the changes don’t go far enough to prevent future accidents.

Lokesh Purbia, who has been emailing the state about the road for more than a year, said, “You won’t find any pedestrian crossings like a zebra crossing on either side. Nor will you find … traffic lights.”

“Sometimes [a pedestrian] One has to wait for 15-20 minutes for the road to clear as there is continuous traffic on both sides. Even an occasional car [Regis Duffy Drive] does not enter easily, does not easily merge with the main traffic.

There is no safe passage for bus passengers

“There’s no question for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road, it’s going to be a huge safety improvement,” says Stephen Yeo, chief engineer for Transport and Infrastructure. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC)

Candy Handrahan takes a bus into the area from eastern PEI for work. He said commuters standing there had no safe way to cross.

“They should wait when they can pass,” he said. “People don’t drive the speed limit there. It’s very crowded. It’s busy. There are people coming from Cornwall, people leaving the bypass…

“Then we come out to the south end and it’s a turn lane, it’s a straight lane, and it’s only three lanes that we have to go through on the bus. For people trying to cross to go to work, there’s no crosswalk, no lights, nothing there.”

The changes are expected to be ready next week

Stephen Yeo, chief engineer for Transport and Infrastructure, said they were listening to the concerns.

According to him, three crosswalks with fast flashing beacons, as well as ramps for people exiting the road’s active traffic lane at those intersections, should be ready by next week. All of these improvements will cost about $75,000.

“There is no question that pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross the road, it will be a huge improvement in terms of safety,” he said.

Additional improvements are also planned for McCarville Street, which could include lights or a roundabout, but officials said that won’t happen for several years.

“The main issue is road safety”

Lokesh Purbia has been emailing the state about the road for over a year. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC)

The province had planned to extend a bypass highway along the York River connecting it with the Trans-Canada Highway. However, it was canceled in 2016 due to costs.

This project would significantly reduce the number of cars on Upton Road, which is now around 25,000 per day.

Purbia said crosswalks are only half the size, but it’s the quickest way the province can make things easier for road users.

“The main concern is road safety. “[If] Pedestrians as well as motorists are no longer safe, which is a big problem for the state as well.”

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