Crosswalk work on Metral Drive close to Aulds Road. (News Bulletin photo)

Crosswalk being built at north end of Metral Drive in Nanaimo

‘Staggered’ crosswalk to fit with city’s ‘complete streets’ phased work

A new crosswalk is under construction in the commercial area of Metral Drive in Nanaimo’s north end.

Work underway near Cobs Bread and Real Canadian Superstore is part of a “two-staged staggered crosswalk with rapid flashers,” noted the City of Nanaimo’s engineering and public works department, in an e-mail to the News Bulletin.

That section of the road isn’t part of Phase 1 of the city’s ‘complete streets’ Metral Drive work, but is being built by the developer of the new condo buildings, the Met, on that block.

According to documents shared at a City of Nanaimo open house last fall, that section of Metral Drive has raised public concerns about motorists travelling at high speeds on a wide road, not always following traffic signage.

City documents, adapted from the B.C. government’s community road safety toolkit, note that a staggered or off-set crosswalk creates a “zigzag pattern” on the refuge island which “directs pedestrians to face motor vehicle traffic before completing the second stage of their crossing.”

The city’s engineering department said it is co-ordinating construction work with the developer “to ensure there is little to no re-work” once Phase 2 of the Metral complete streets project begins.

READ ALSO: Nanaimo residents can get a glimpse of Metral Drive ‘complete streets’ plans

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The City of Nanaimo’s complete streets vision for Metral Drive near Aulds Road. (City of Nanaimo image)

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