The Town of Kensington, in an effort to enhance the safety of the travelling public, is permitting snowmobilers to access the downtown through the railyards only.
Traditionally, snowmobiles used the corridors along Victoria Street East and Woodleigh Drive, which resulted in only minor incidents.
However, the town felt with the recent realignment of the Tim Horton’s Drive Thru and increased traffic, the potential for incidents increased. In addition, the corridors used did not align with current provincial legislation.
By using the railyards, snowmobiles can access key area services with the least amount of interaction with vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
The new route removes snowmobiles from highly travelled areas and directs them to cross highways at 90-degree angles.
Mayor Rowan Caseley said snowmobiles are always welcome to the town.
“We in no way want to restrict their access to Kensington. We just want to ensure it is done in as safe a manner as possible,” said Caseley.
“I would like to thank the P.E.I. Snowmobile Association for their co-operation in this manner. They are a professional group. We all seek the same outcome, to ensure snowmobiles have access to Kensington, while maintaining the safety of the travelling public, snowmobiles included.”
The Town of Kensington, the Kensington Police Service, property owners, and the P.E.I. Snowmobile Association have vetted the corridor.
The association will install signage at the railyards to outline the approved corridor, and the town will erect signs in key areas.
Members of the public are encouraged to contact the Kensington Town Hall or the P.E.I. Snowmobile Association for any questions regarding the matter.