Essex County To Install Its First Signalized Pedestrian Crossover

Essex County is installing its first pedestrian signalized crosswalk or referred to as a "crossover" to connect some local trails.

It will be located on Walker Rd between Highway 3 and South Talbot Rd to connect the Trans Canada Trail in the area.

The county is trying to get the word out about the crossover because drivers must wait for the pedestrian to clear the entire roadway.

"Motorists will see a pole with a pedestrian crossing, stop for pedestrian sign, pavement markings and a push button activated beacon,"says Jane Mustac, county manager of transportation planning and development.

"We put up some portable variable messaging boards on site so they do say stop, pedestrian crossing ahead."

She says it should be operational next week.

"There is a lot of criteria on where to put them, so this is a good test for us," she says.

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AM800 file photo of Crossover on Walker Rd. June 2017 (Photo by AM800's Teresinha Medeiros)

Drivers who fail to stop for the crossover face demerit points and a fine.

With files from AM800's Zander Broeckel