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Pedestrian safety a focus of St. John's 2020 spending

Coun. Maggie Burton said roughly $3 million of city spending this year — including spending on sidewalk plows and snowblowers — will improve people's pedestrian and cycling experience in the city. Telegram file photo
Coun. Maggie Burton said roughly $3 million of city spending this year — including spending on sidewalk plows and snowblowers — will improve people's pedestrian and cycling experience in the city. SaltWire File Photo
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

At the Wednesday committee of the whole meeting at St. John's City Hall, councillors discussed more than $10-million worth of capital out of revenue spending for 2020.

Topping the list is the annual grind and patch road improvements at nearly $2 million, but Coun. Maggie Burton said there’s roughly $3 million allocated for improvements related to pedestrian safety and active transportation, such a bicycling.

She said there’s been a lot of talk about such improvements, and the city is matching that talk with spending on things like sidewalk repairs, the next stage of the bike master plan, sidewalk plows and snowblowers, and bike racks.

Some councillors were quick to point out that $150,000 for Rawlins Cross reconfiguration is subject to council approval.

Deputy Mayor Sheilagh O’Leary said there’s “a big question mark” on that spending, and ward councillor Hope Jamieson also stressed that’s not a final decision.

The city is analyzing collision data for Rawlins Cross. City staff are working on a report that they’re aiming to include in a committee of the whole agenda for March.

Council unanimously approved the list of capital out of revenue expenditures, but it needs to go to a regular meeting of council for final approval.

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