Traffic light at McBride and 9th Ave. delayed until December

It may be months behind schedule, but the Ministry of Transportation remains committed to a traffic light at of McBride and 9th Ave. West.

It may be months behind schedule, but the Ministry of Transportation remains committed to installing a traffic light at the intersection of McBride and 9th Avenue in Prince Rupert.

The province announced plans for the light in August and it was scheduled to be installed this fall, but the time line now puts the traffic light in place by mid-December.

“Provincially, there was a high demand for electrical design and engineering this year,” said a ministry spokesperson, noting the design was completed and passed on to the contractor at the end of September.

“There was also a high demand for electrical projects for the ministry’s electrical contractor.”

The pedestrian-controlled light was something both the City of Prince Rupert and the Prince Rupert School District were seeking. The school district began the conversation shortly after Prince Rupert’s two high schools amalgamated, contacting the City of Prince Rupert in late 2012 to support the idea.

The anticipated budget for materials and installation of the light is $156,000, which will be paid for entirely by the Ministry of Transportation  as McBride is a provincial highway.

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