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The City is installing a number of new button activated Pedestrian Crossovers to improve pedestrian safety. At these locations drivers are required by law to stop until pedestrians have fully crossed the road before proceeding. This is different than at typical intersections where drivers may proceed once a pedestrian has crossed halfway across the road.
Pedestrian Crossovers can have a few different layouts but are designed by these key elements: 'Stop for Pedestrian' signage, a triangular yield line painted on the road, and optional rapid flashing yellow beacons.
To get an idea of how these Crossovers work please watch this video provided by the City of Hamilton.
Example of a new Crossover (PXO) referenced from Ontario Ministry of Transportation website
Pedestrians need to press the button to activate the yellow flashing beacons and ensure approaching vehicles are coming to a stop before stepping out on the roadway. Make sure drivers see you before you cross. If the driver is stopped, make eye contact before you step into the road.
Drivers and cyclists must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers and school crossings where there is a crossing guard - it's the law! Watch for children. Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning.
The penalty for not yielding the whole roadway to pedestrians at pedestrian crossovers and school crossings is a fine in the range of $150 - $500 and drivers may also face three demerit points upon conviction. Fines are doubled in community Safety Zones.
These new devices will be installed at the following four locations this year:
- Burwell Road at Greenway Boulevard
- Chestnut Street mid block between Park Avenue and First Avenue
- Talbot Street and Metcalfe Street
- Talbot Street mid block between Stanley Street and William Street
It is up to both drivers and pedestrians to keep everyone safe on Ontario roads. Do your part and be a kind, courteous driver.
More information can be found on The Ministry of Transportation website.
We are excited to announce that construction of the Gateway Roundabout at the Sunset Drive and Wellington Road intersection will be starting the week of March 27th with completion by the end of June.
Effective March 21, 2017 the Community Recycling Centre will be returning to its full time operating hours. The site will be open Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m to 3 p.m. Household hazardous waste is accepted on Saturdays only.
For more information on accepted waste types and associated costs, please visit the Community Recycling Centre page.
The First Avenue Widening project between Talbot Street and Steele Street will start the week of March 13 and be completed in June.
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