Work to upgrade Hemsworth Road in Qualicum Beach has begun. (Town of QB photo)

Work to upgrade Hemsworth Road in Qualicum Beach has begun. (Town of QB photo)

Work ongoing to make 2 Qualicum Beach traffic areas safer for public use

Upgrades part of town’s ‘Age Friendly Transportation Plan’

The Town of Qualicum Beach is upgrading two traffic areas, Hemsworth Road and Rodway Trail, to make them safer for public use.

The upgrades are part of the town’s Age Friendly Transportation Plan, created over years of consultation to improve mobility for persons of all ages and abilities, especially those who choose active modes of transportation.

Work on traffic-calming measures at Hemsworth Road and at the newly constructed Rodway Trail across from Shady Rest parking has now commenced and will be completed by the end of the month.

Upgrades at Hemwsorth Road will include a posted speed limit of 50 km/h; a marked crosswalk with pedestrian-activated flashing lights; median islands to increase motorist awareness of the intersection and crosswalk; widened shoulders on the north of Highway 19A; and a new streetlight on the northwest corner.

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Upgrades at Rodway Trail will include a posted speed limit of 50 km/h; a marked crosswalk with pedestrian-activated flashing lights; curb extension and raised hard surface area on south side of Highway 19A at the foot of the Rodway Trail; a raised island on the north side of Highway 19A to identify the north end of the crosswalk, to eliminate parking and provide an all-weather pedestrian walkway; and a new streetlight on the northwest corner.

The work will be conducted between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, and traffic will be single-lane along Highway 19A at these sections, with short intermittent closures on Hemsworth Road and detours are in place. Signage has been posted, and traffic control crews are onsite to ensure minimum disruption.

For more information, visit https://www.qualicumbeach.com/transport and read the memo to council at https://qualicumbeach.civicweb.net/document/9074

— NEWS Staff

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