Williamstown crosswalk greenlit

South Glengarry has approved a crosswalk for Williamstown, similar to this one in Long Sault except it will have overhead signs, between Williamstown Public School and Char-Lan High School. The $10,000 crosswalk will be on County Road 17. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

WILLIAMSTOWN – South Glengarry will be putting in a controlled crosswalk on County Road 17 between Williamstown Public School and Char-Lan District High School.

Council approved the $10,000 spend last night, although it hopes to get some financial help from the Upper Canada District School Board for the unbudgeted item.

The crosswalk will have solar-powered flashing lights on sign posts on either side of the highway as well as hanging signs over the lanes of traffic. Those will be in addition to the existing pavement markings from the existing crosswalk. It will be similar to the one installed on Military Road in Lancaster.

CAO Tim Mills says “there’s definitely a lot more traffic” in the area on County Road 17 and it’s only going to get busier with the $3 million expansion of Williamstown Public School.

Coun. Martin Lang agreed that it was busier than normal and “maybe more due to COVID” as parents drop their children off at school or students drive to school. Coun. Stephanie Jaworski added that lighting might also be an option because it’s dark in that area of the crosswalk between the two schools.

Deputy Mayor Lyle Warden says it’s “imperative” that it be done this year and that maybe the township could use some of the modernization money.