Thorold students give new crosswalk their ‘stomp’ of approval


Published October 27, 2022 at 3:03 pm

Getting to Richmond Street Public School is as easy as a walk in the park - or rather across the brand new Park Lane crosswalk. (Photo: City of Thorold)

Prior to this, students attending Richmond Street Public School from the Park Lane area had to make the long trek down Richmond to the intersection at Collier Rd to cross safely to their school.

The biggest problem there: the Collier-Richmond intersection is a pretty busy crossroad for traffic and the number of students forced to cross there only made the situation worse.

That ended this week when the Thorold Public Works department laid down a new crosswalk at Park Lane so students could avoid the busy intersection all together.

While the city was busy setting it up last week with two contractors, it officially opened on Tuesday (October 25) morning and the city made sure it was fully-manned.

“We’ve scheduled a crossing guard at this location three times throughout the school day to help ensure Richmond Street School students are able to get to and from school safely,” said Geoff Holman, Thorold’s Director of Public Works and Community Services.

A crossing guard is being situated at the crosswalk Monday through Friday between 8 and 9 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

“We are excited for our students to be able to access a new crosswalk to get to Richmond each day. This will provide another route for our students to get to Richmond safely and will hopefully help to alleviate some of the pedestrian traffic at Richmond and Collier Road, which is an extremely busy intersection,” said Richmond Street PS Principal Mark Leduc.

“A reminder from all of our crossing guards – all traffic must remain stopped until the crossing guards have lowered their stop sign and left the roadway completely,” he added. “Thank you to City of Thorold for helping to keep our Raptors safe!”

Before the crosswalk, students had to walk down to the Collier Rd-
Richmond St intersection on the left to cross safely to Richmond
Street Public School.

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