New traffic signals activated in Old Kildonan
The City of Winnipeg has activated a new set of traffic signals at the north intersection of McPhillips Street and Templeton Avenue in the Old Kildonan area.
On the morning of Nov. 8, Coun. Devi Sharma (Old Kildonan) and Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West) hosted a press conference to mark the activation of the new signals, which will improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and traffic flow in the community.
“These new traffic signals will not only improve traffic flow here at this very busy intersection, but will also allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross McPhillips Street safely in the years ahead,” Coun. Sharma said.
A traffic analysis study identified that ignals should be installed at the location, Sharma added. Growth in the Old Kildonan area has resulted in a larger number of people commuting on foot, including residents from the new Amber Gates community in northwest Winnipeg and students from the newly opened École Templeton School.
“It will make a dramatic improvement in safety in the community,” said Coun. Lukes, chair of the standing policy committee on public works. “We’ve seen pedestrian lives lost because of collisions. From 2017 to 2020, distracted driving has been the No. 1 reason for the deaths we’re seeing in the city.”
Additional safety features — including adjustments to the north median, audible pedestrian signals and yellow detectable warning tiles — will be completed in the new year.
The cost of the project is expected to be $250,000 to $300,000.
Kelsey James is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. She graduated from Red River College’s creative communications program in 2018 as a journalism major and holds a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric, writing and communications from the University of Winnipeg. A lifelong Winnipegger who grew up in southwest Winnipeg, Kelsey is thrilled to be covering the neighbourhoods she still calls “home.”