Speed reader board activated by the new year

The speed reader board on the west side of Houston should be up and running by the new year.

The speed reader board on the west side of Houston should be up and running by the new year, said Carl Lutz, Ministry of Transportation district manager for Bulkley-Stikine.

Installed in August and just waiting to be connected to power, the speed reading board is funded by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, costing between $10,000 and $15,000, said Lutz.

“Basically right now it’s in [B.C.] Hydro’s hands and we understand that they’re busy and got lots on their plate,” said Lutz.

“When it’s powered up we’ll turn it on as soon as possible,” he added.

The goal of the project is to increase public safety for drivers, pedestrians and the general public by alerting motorists who are driving too fast, said Lutz.

The project is part of a $5 million B.C. government investment for safety projects in and near B.C. communities.

“These are just the kinds of safety improvement projects that are important to families. Pedestrian safety is paramount, and I’m happy local governments have identified these areas of improvement,” said Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad in a recent press release.