Solar powered crosswalk

Whitehorse will install crosswalk lights at one of the city's most infamous street crossings. It's going on Fourth Avenue, at the Tags gas station and the Yukon Inn mall.

Whitehorse will install crosswalk lights at one of the city’s most infamous street crossings.

It’s going on Fourth Avenue, at the Tags gas station and the Yukon Inn mall.

The spot is prone to congestion, making it difficult for drivers in the outside lanes to see crossing pedestrians.

The $25,000 project will improve safety for seniors and people with disabilities, “at a crossing that has become increasingly busy,” said Mayor Bev Buckway in a release.

But the project will also work towards a greener Whitehorse as the crosswalk will be powered by solar panels, battery packs and energy saving LED lights, she added.

Because of this, the crosswalk will provide data that could direct future solar panel projects, said senior engineering technologist George Farrow.

As well, the crosswalk lights will be unaffected by power outages.

Construction of the crosswalk is expected to take place in May and June of this year.