M’CHIGEENG— The concept of a crosswalk and other initiatives being put in place to provide safety for students and staff at Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS), bus drivers and all vehicle traffic in the school area on the intersection of Highways 540 and 551 is ongoing.
“I’m waiting for Richard Stephens (Mayor of Central Manitoulin) to do an update at the next Manitoulin Municipal Association (MMA) meeting on the proposal and the meeting we recently had with the MTO (Ministry of Transportation),” said Stewart Roy, teacher of the MSS Native Studies and Language class at MSS.
“The idea is still going forward,” stated Mr. Roy. “We are waiting for the ministries to get on board,” he said, pointing out that with the proposal, “there is a little more involved with it now than when we first made the proposal last year.”
“But yes, it’s still ongoing and the petition we had went well; there were well over 1,000 signatures on it in support of the safety initiatives we have outlined,” said Mr. Roy. “And MPP Michael Mantha will be bringing this forward in the provincial legislature. I know he is working very hard on this as well.”
The MSS proposal is to have signage for a school zone and crosswalk with amber lights in all directions installed at the intersections of Highways 551 and 540.