This traffic light, at the intersection of Kalum St. and Scott Ave., has malfunctioned and is blinking yellow. City officials said April 30 they are waiting for a part and hope to have the light repaired in a week. (Jake Wray photo)

Pedestrians report close calls under malfunctioning traffic light

Light at Kalum St. and Scott Ave. should be fixed soon, city says

Drivers aren’t being careful enough at an intersection with a broken traffic light, some residents say.

The pedestrian-controlled traffic light where Scott Ave. crosses Kalum St. has been stuck blinking yellow for several weeks.

Leah Marie Wilkin posted on Facebook about a close call she had with her children at the intersection, where a driver seemed not to notice them waiting to cross Kalum St. and drove past without stopping.

“I had to say ‘stop stop stop!’ to my older child to make sure she didn’t start to cross the intersection as the driver blew through,” Wilkin wrote in the Terrace Community Bulletin Board group. “We’ve noticed vehicles driving unusually fast throughout our neighbourhood recently, and we ask that you please slow down and give people (especially children) more time and space as you pass by.”

Rob Schibli, director of public works for the City of Terrace, said his department is aware of the malfunctioning traffic light.

“The control module for the traffic signal has failed and we are (still) waiting for a replacement part to be delivered,” he wrote in a statement to The Terrace Standard April 30. “We hope to have it repaired next week.”

Schibli said vehicles should stop at the yellow light if pedestrians are waiting to cross, and pedestrians should exercise caution while crossing.

In the comments under Wilkin’s Facebook post, several others said they too had close calls while crossing Kalum St. under the malfunctioning light.

“I’ve encountered that multiple times at that intersection. With my kids n’ all. Drives me nuts!” wrote Candice Robinson.

“Us today too! Same intersection,” wrote Iris Claire Kotowich-Laval. “I was confused as to what was actually happening with the lights.”

“My husband and daughter were almost hit a few times [at the intersection],” wrote Charlene Daisy. “Please be more aware at this spot. So many children use that crosswalk.”

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