Railway crossings in Leduc getting an artistic upgrade

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Railway crossings in Leduc are getting an upgrade thanks to the talent of some local high school students.

On Wednesday, March 15, Mayor Greg Krischke unveiled artwork created by four Art 10 students at Leduc Composite High School (LCHS), designed to remind residents to stay safe while crossing the tracks.  Since 2012, two Leduc youth have died in railway-related incidents.

“Each of the striking images created by these talented students depicts an important, and potentially life-saving message,” says Mayor Greg Krischke.  “It is our hope that these signs, in addition to the other improvements that we’ve made to railway crossings, will prevent any future loss of life within our community.”

The Railway Sign Awareness program, initiated by the Community Safety Advisory Committee, challenged art students at LCHS to create eye-catching and impactful imagery that would draw attention to the dangers of pedestrian railway crossings.  Art teacher Ashley Meyer incorporated the project into the curriculum as a class assignment, and the class was given a $250 honorarium for their work.

“Canadian Pacific Police Service (CPPS) is pleased to celebrate the work done to improve rail safety by the students of Leduc Composite High School,” said Al Sauve, CPPS Deputy Chief – Canada. “These creative safety signs will be an important visual reminder for pedestrians and motorists to be safe around railway crossings and to only cross at those designated crossings.”

Over 55 art pieces were submitted, and from those four were chosen to be reproduced on signage that has been installed at railway crossings throughout the community.  Signs featuring the artwork created by Jessica Newhook, Alayna Schmidt, Shania Esguerra and Lisa Martens were unveiled in a ceremony at the Civic Centre last night. 

Since 2012, the City of Leduc has implemented several initiatives, including the investment of more than $540k to install fencing and make intersection improvements surrounding railway crossings, and has worked with organizations such as Transport Canada, the Transportation Safety Board and Canadian Pacific to improve railway safety within the community. 

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Natalie Lang, Corporate Communications