WHITEHORSE – Traffic safety is important throughout the territory. The main road in some rural communities is the high-traffic Alaska Highway.
On Wednesday, Watson Lake MLA Patti McLeod introduced a motion in the Legislative Assembly to initiate upgrades to two Alaska Highway crosswalks in the community to include pedestrian-activated flashing lights.
The motion passed unanimously.
“It is now up to the Liberal minority government to make this a reality,” said McLeod. “As truck and other traffic increases – especially as pandemic restrictions are lifted – the need increases to not only improve pedestrian safety, but to get traffic to slow down.”
Traffic safety in Watson Lake has been an issue for the Yukon Party and MLA McLeod over the past few years. During the 34th Legislative Assembly, McLeod brought the need for highway lighting from the junction of Ravenhill Drive and the Robert Campbell Highway to 2 1/2 Mile Subdivision to the assembly with a signed petition by almost 400 residents and businesses. However, the Liberal government ignored the matter.
The Yukon Party will continue to push traffic safety issues in the Legislative Assembly not only for Watson Lake, but also in all Yukon communities.