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City installing traffic lights at 22nd Ave. and Ospika Blvd.

The city is installing  traffic signals at the intersection of Ospika and 22nd Avenue.

Construction starts today and is expected to be completed by mid-August. The city has contracted crews from McElhanney Engineering, IDL Projects, and Westcana Electric to work on the project.

The new signals will operate in a manner similar to those the city installed in 2017 at the Ospika and Ferry Avenue intersection. The updated intersection will have vehicle detection technology and pedestrian-activated crosswalks. Left-turn lanes will be added to 22nd Avenue in both directions and are already present at the intersection on Ospika. Nearby streetlights will also be updated.

“Council is pleased to see these additional improvements are coming to Ospika Boulevard, which build on our on-going efforts to increase traffic safety throughout the city,” said Mayor Lyn Hall, in a news release. “In particular, having left-turn lanes from 22nd Avenue onto Ospika will be safer for drivers, and the installation of crosswalks across Ospika will improve safety for pedestrians.”

At various times throughout the operation, Ospika Boulevard will be reduced to single lane traffic in each direction. 22nd Avenue may also experience single-lane alternating traffic and full closures. The City of Prince George wishes to thank residents in advance for their patience while this operation is being conducted, and for driving cautiously around road and construction crews at all times.

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