Comox staff reports rainbow crosswalk may cost $14,000

Victoria rainbow crosswalk suffered skid marks that have become a maintenance issue. - File photo
Victoria rainbow crosswalk suffered skid marks that have become a maintenance issue.
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Comox council is considering a request by a resident to install a rainbow crosswalk at Beaufort Avenue and Church Street.

Staff had been directed by council to look at how much it would cost for a rainbow crosswalk.

Chief Administrative Officer Richard Kanigan reported to council on Wednesday that they have been in touch with other municipalities - Victoria, New Westminster and Vancouver - that have painted "Rainbow Pride" crosswalks in support of the LGBTQ community.

It cost New Westminster $7,500 for one crosswalk, while Vancouver spent $21,000 for four crosswalks and Victoria $15,000 for three colourful road markings.

While the request for Comox is for only one crosswalk, it may cost the town a bit more to pay the same road marking company as travel distance and a different type of paint have to be considered.

Staff determined the price to be around $14,000 - $9,000 for the paint and $5,000 of in-house costs to grind out the existing crosswalk, prepare the area and for associated traffic control.

The recommended paint product is Methyl-Methacrylate base, which road marking companies use in other applications. It is durable, skid resistant and outperforms paint and epoxies in colour retention.

Kanigan explained that if the area has a high volume of traffic and vehicle movement, the product will get worn our quicker.

It is the same product the town uses for its green bike lanes on Guthrie and Comox Avenue. It may cost a bit more but maintenance would be minimal, which has become a major issue in other jurisdictions.

In New Westminster, a recent graffiti incident was dealt with easily as the paint was power washed without damaging the product. Victoria is dealing with skid marks and is uncertain how to deal with them. It has become a maintenance issue and an eyesore.

Staff had asked council what it wants to do next at Wednesday night's regular council meeting.

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