Town gives stamp of approval to Provincial Traffic Safety Funding grant

As expected the Town of Battleford has given its approval to accepting the SGI Provincial Traffic Safety Funding grant.

This is to install the advance-warning system along Highway 4 in Battleford. The grant was for $72,300 towards the town’s “Prepare to Stop When Flashing Installation Project,” where “prepare to stop” lights are to be installed between the intersections of 22nd Street/Highway 40 and 29th Street on Highway 4.

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Two identical flashing-light signs will be placed on the road. Any additional costs beyond the $72,300 for the project would be borne by the town, according to the town’s chief administrative officer, Ash Alam. If there is a significant cost variance the town could still reject the funding, noted Mayor Ames Leslie.

The province had previously announced the funding for Battleford in late December. Mayor Leslie noted the town had been working on obtaining funding for the project for the last five years, and that they had approached highways for the last number of years about the issue. Finally, the SGI funding opportunity became available.

Councillor Doug Laing noted that members of council had been asked about warning signs often, added he hoped the signs would be put up “sooner rather than later.”

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