Major Construction Projects Prompt Safe Driving Message
Prince George, B.C.- Although the City of Prince George’s road rehabilitation projects have been under way for a few months, the major projects on some major routes have prompted a special traffic advisory.“We just want to send out a message on how important it is for drivers to be vigilant” says Mayor Lyn Hall. “We have workers and flag people and pedestrians out, and we just want drivers to be conscious of that.”
While much of the road rehab projects for 2016 have been completed, the ones underway now are considered the major projects. “These, in the next three or four weeks are the largest construction projects on our program for the summer” says Mayor Hall. “I think it’s important to reiterate this message about being safe and being cautious as you drive , we just want to reiterate that again because of the bulk and magnitude of the work we are doing.”
Then there’s 5th Avenue between Ahbau and Ruggles, followed by 5th Avenue from Carney to Edmonton, and then 4th Avenue from Edmonton to Victoria.
(at right, Sgt. LaBelle, Mayor Hall, Cpl Craig Douglass)
The message comes just a little over two weeks after a female flag person was struck and killed at a construction site at West Austin Road and Highway 97. Mayor Hall says today’s message is a direct result of that tragedy “We’ve also seen some very close calls with flag people, workers from our contractors with the City, we hear consistently they’ve had a close call with a vehicle and so part of it is a result of that tragedy, but we just want to continue to reiterate to drivers and pedestrians to be careful in construction zones.”
Prince George RCMP Traffic Unit Sergeant Matt LaBelle reminds drivers the fines for speeding in a construction zone is $196 dollars “It’s very important to drive safely through construction zones while work is being done. While under construction, the engineering has changed in the zones, so please keep that in mind. For those who find themselves in a construction zone, please be patient, it does take a few more seconds to get through those zones, but your patience and safe driving are much appreciated.”