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Study maps out future traffic patterns in Martensville

Projections of traffic volume in 2040 are mapped out in the transportation study

Once the City of Martensville’s boundaries jump Highway 12 when the overpass is completed by 2019, improvements will have to be made to pedestrian pathways to keep the city connected.
That’s one of 69 recommendations coming out of a comprehensive transportation study unveiled at the Martensville Open House on Wednesday, June 14.
The Martensville Transportation Master Plan, conducted by WSP/MMM Group, analyzed the current traffic network, identified problem areas, and recommended short-term and long-term improvements. The findings of the study are posted on the city’s website.
Nathan Gray, project manager for the study, said input from residents is encouraged.
“We’ll be incorporating the feedback we receive from stakeholder consultations, the online comment sheets and the open house,” said Gray in an interview at the open house event. “We’ll be finalizing everything over the next month or so and then presenting the final recommendations to city council.”
The Transportation Master Plan analyzes current and future transportation patterns over the short-term, medium term and long-term, said Gray. Continue reading “Study maps out future traffic patterns in Martensville”

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Groundbreaking app allows firefighters to detect radiation

Dalmeny Deputy Fire Chief Wilbur Hueser inspects a ‘GammaGuard’ radiation detection kit

Firefighters in the Saskatoon region can now quickly assess radiation levels at an emergency scene and determine if it’s safe for rescuers to move in, thanks to a recently-developed smartphone app and a specially-designed mobile analysis kit.
A total of ten cutting-edge “GammaGuard” kits, developed by a Saskatoon-based company, Environmental Instruments Canada (EIC), and supplied by the federal department of national defense, are now deployed in the region. The Saskatoon Fire Department has five; while Warman, Martensville, Dalmeny, Langham and Osler fire departments have one kit each. An additional ten kits are also being used by the Regina Fire Department.
The kits are designed to give emergency responders an accurate reading of whether radiation is present, as well as the level and type of radiation being emitted at the scene. This allows them to make informed decisions about how to proceed while ensuring the safety of accident victims, rescue personnel and the general public.
“It’s basically a quick way to determine if it’s a ‘go or no-go’ situation,” said EIC President Kai Kaletsch. “This particular technology is based on an app that you can download onto your phone. You need to cover the lens of the camera on the phone, and the app will use the camera itself as a radiation detector.
“It’s not super-sensitive, but it’s sensitive enough to tell you if you’re safe or not.
“It’s designed so that first responders can put the hazard and risk into perspective. The idea is to have a very low-cost solution that can be rolled out to everyone.” Continue reading “Groundbreaking app allows firefighters to detect radiation”

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