REGINA, Sask. - Concerns over collisions at railway crossings in the province have led a group of Saskatchewan organizations to test the installation of reflective markings in several municipalities.T...
REGINA, Sask. – Concerns over collisions at railway crossings in the province have led a group of Saskatchewan organizations to test the installation of reflective markings in several municipalities.
The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), the Saskatchewan Safety Council and Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) hope the reflectors at four crossings will increase public awareness and safety.
“We wanted to improve the railroad safety regulations and make (reflectors) compulsory,” explains SARM president Sinclair Harrison.
“This pilot project is just a way that safety at crossings can be improved.”
There are about 6,600 crossings in Saskatchewan and only about a quarter have the flashing lights and arms. Another 4,500 crossings contain no safety features.
To test the effectiveness of reflective markings, CPR agreed to install the markings at the several locations, including in the municipalities of Blucher, just east of Saskatoon, and Elcapo and Martin.
The four crossings are considered high-risk intersections by the railway company. n