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Steveston scramble opens to traffic

City representatives Kim Decker, Coun. Bill McNulty, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Coun. Linda McPhail, Coun. Chak Au and Andrea Lee Hamilton officially opened the Steveston scramble yesterday. - Martin van den Hemel photo
City representatives Kim Decker, Coun. Bill McNulty, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Coun. Linda McPhail, Coun. Chak Au and Andrea Lee Hamilton officially opened the Steveston scramble yesterday.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

A unique intersection opened for the first time in Steveston on Thursday afternoon, with Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie and three councillors making the maiden voyage across Moncton Street and No. 1 Road.

The Steveston scramble is a $600,000 intersection that features a host of safety improvements aimed at making it more pedestrian friendly. The intersection previously was a four-way stop with no traffic signal.

Featuring a twisted-rope etching on the asphalt crosswalk designed by former Richmond Review editor Carlyn Yandle, the new intersection allows pedestrians to diagonally cross the street.

The level of the road has been slightly raised at the intersection, meaning pedestrians won’t have to step down or step up when crossing.

A new speed limit of 30 km/h has bee added on streets approaching the intersection.

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