No easy solution to safety, crime around pedestrian underpasses: Saskatoon police

A report heading to Saskatoon’s police commission says there is no way to know at this time whether closing or restricting access to three pedestrian underpasses on the city’s west side will reduce crime.

The tunnels in question run underneath Circle Drive between 22nd Street and 33rd Street.

The report says the city is caught between two competing safety issues.

“Blocking the underpasses creates a safety traffic issue,” states the report heading to the commission on Thursday.

Closing or restricting the underpasses would create safety issues as people would likely cross Circle Drive on foot, the report said, possibly leading to an increase in collisions between pedestrians and vehicles.

“Keeping the underpasses open allows for the unfavourable criminal activity being reported by the community association to persist,” added the report.

The issue was raised by the Mount Royal Community Association at the commission’s meeting on Aug. 22, 2019.

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