Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell on the new pathway along Roberton Boulevard in French Creek that was recently completed following a fatal accident in the area in January, 2016. — Photo submitted by Krista Bryce

Roberton Boulevard walkway in French Creek upgrades complete

Upgrades were completed following fatal accident

More than two years after 80-year-old pedestrian Gwen Chisholm was killed in a hit and run, the upgrades to Roberton Boulevard are finally complete.

The upgrades were undertaken by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to improve the safety of the pedestrian walkway along Roberton Boulevard.

RELATED: Road upgrades announced near Parksville where 80-year-old pedestrian was killed

The pathway is a mixture of off-road trails with added pavement markings to delineate shoulders to separate pedestrians and cyclists from vehicle traffic, according to the ministry. Work also included re-configuring the Lakes Boulevard intersection, improving pedestrian signs along the corridor, and adding new crosswalks at Morningstar Drive, Lakes Boulevard, and near the existing golf cart crossing.

The total project cost $150,000.

Work began last summer, according to the ministry, and pavement was completed this spring.

When the upgrades were announced in December, 2016 — close to a year after the fatal accident — by Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell, work was expected to be completed the following summer.

Stilwell said there was a little bit of a delay with the work because of the weather.

She said it’s a good improvement for the area as it’s “providing that safety for pedestrians to now have a pathway to walk on.”

Just months before Chisholm’s death, she was involved in a movement calling for safer streets in the Morningstar area.

She was the third person to sign a petition ultimately garnering 169 signatures in November of 2015.

The petition read: “There is a most urgent need to improve safety for walkers and bikers in our community with the installation of a proper sidewalk, speed bumps on the road or very visible road markings indicating a slow speed and to watch for pedestrians and bikers.”

In January of 2016, Regional District of Nanaimo Director Joe Stanhope made a motion asking that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure be requested to “recognize the unique urban nature of Roberton Boulevard within electoral area G and take immediate action to install traffic calming measures to reduce the speed limit and install improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians”

RELATED: A call for road safety near Parksville

The board passed the motion at the time.

Send story tips: lauren.collins@pqbnews.com

Just Posted

RND director says filming of ‘Sonic’ caused disruption

Veenhof wants regional district to have filming permits in future

Parksville-area graffiti tagger arrested by RCMP

Existing court conditions required that suspect not be in possession of graffiti-making material

Winner crowned at Qualicum Bay Art Battle

Island painters compete in 20-minute art challenge

Seeing double, the trials and tribulations of twins

BIG READ: Three Vancouver Island mothers share their experiences with multiple births

VIDEO: Man extracted from vehicle eight hours after accident near Cameron Lake

People making pit stop at picnic area made crash discovery

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill in Kootenays

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Family, friends of B.C murder victim want killer sent back to max security facility

Group wants convicted murderer Walter Ramsay sent back to a maximum security facility

B.C. VIEWS: Looking under the hood of ICBC’s war on crashes

Is our accident rate really soaring, or is it inefficiency?

B.C. tent city residents have three weeks to clear out: Supreme Court

Fire risk, criminal activity in neighbourhood cited as reasons for judgment

Coaches, players on Alberta university rugby team buckle up for the Broncos

16 people died when Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a semi-truck in rural Saskatchewan

The Vatican ‘owes God an apology,’ activist says in letter to Pope Francis

Letter came after a report on sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses

Most Read