Pedestrians will now be safer crossing Main Street at Kroeker Avenue, thanks to some new solar powered crosswalk lights. City staff are putting the final touches on the signs for the lights and expect them to be fully operational later today.

“Council is always looking for ways to improve safety,” said Mayor Chris Goertzen, “These lights are less costly than the typical overhead intersection lights and still allow us to provide safety to our residents.”

The new lights are being installed after City Council heard concerns from residents about crossing the busy intersection. Traffic counts were completed and submitted to MIT (Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation) but pedestrian volumes were not significant enough to warrant a formal overhead lighted pedestrian corridor.  As an alternative the City installed the solar powered crosswalk lights to alleviate safety concerns. 

Steinbach already has several similar pedestrian crosswalk lights installed around the City, including McKenzie Avenue, Loewen Blvd and most recently, Park Road East. The cost of the new lights at Main Street and Kroeker Avenue is about $17,000.