City of Kamloops staff have chosen the area next to the Kamloops Museum and Archives to create a rainbow crosswalk — at a cost lower than previously estimated.
In a report to city council, staff are recommending nstallation of a rainbow crosswalk at Second Avenue and Seymour Street, due to its volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, proximity to the nearby Kamloops Farmers’ Market and link to Kamloops Pride’s parade route. The estimated cost is $6,000.
City community and protective services director Byron McCorkell said the city worked with Kamloops Pride, which earlier this summer requested the city install the crosswalk downtown, in determining the appropriate location. The group wanted an intersection with high exposure and the city wanted an intersection where the paint would endures, without needing to continuously repaint.
The estimated cost of installing the crosswalk is $6,000 — $4,000 lower than what was initially suggested at city hall when Kamloops Pride brought the idea before council.
The city notes costs vary, depending on material used and the surface painted. A local road-marking firm gave the quote to the city based on installation using a long-lasting methyl methacrylate paint. The estimate includes labour, supplies and traffic control.
McCorkell said the initial cost estimate was preliminary.
“We now know the location, they now know the product they’re going to use and they’ve got a number that was more accurate,” he said.
If approved, the crosswalk would be paid for under the city’s traffic sides and road markings operating budget. Staff noted that in most cases throughout B.C., costs to install rainbow crosswalks on public streets have been covered by municipalities.
An alternative intersection has been identified at Fifth Avenue and Victoria Street. However, with street improvements planned in the area next year, crews would not install the crosswalk until that time.
Kamloops Pride hoped the crosswalk would be in place in time for its annual pride parade, which will take place on Aug. 25. The staff report notes that with council approval on Tuesday, Aug. 13, during an infrequent summer sitting, the crosswalk could be installed within four to six weeks.