New crosswalk for Lancaster

The South Glengarry village of Lancaster will be getting a solar-powered flashing crosswalk on Military Road, also known as County Road 34, similar to this one in Long Sault, Ont., pictured on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The money for the crosswalk came from a provincial fund to improve main streets in smaller communities. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

LANCASTER – People trying to get across busy Military Road will have a new push-button-activated crosswalk with flashing lights sometime this summer.

South Glengarry council approved the solar-powered unit for the busy main street, also known as County Road 34. The crosswalk will be near the side streets of Oak Street and Duncan Street.

The exact position of the crosswalk will be determined once the county signs off on the project because it involves a county road.

The township says it received numerous requests from business owners and pedestrians for the crosswalk. It was also part of the 2016 Age-Friendly Community Action Plan.

The cost of the project won’t come at a cost to township taxpayers.

The money was part of the Ontario government’s $26 million Main Street Revitalization Initiative announced last year.

The $15,000 the township received also covered street banners along Military Road and will cover paint on the road for the crosswalk.