The new St. Mary Wellness and Education Centre will be opening its doors in 2012. The new school is located on the 300 block of Avenue N South. The current St. Mary School is located on the 300 block of Avenue O South. Avenue O South has never been a through-street. In other words, the street dead-ended at the CPR tracks. As a result, most of the traffic on Avenue O South was school related traffic. The new location is on a through street. Furthermore, the street has a rail crossing which creates the need to ensure traffic slows down as it approaches the school crossing.
The Infrastructure Services Department has designed a plan to ensure traffic reduces speed within the new school zone, in particular around the rail crossing. The plan includes crosswalks and and two traffic islands with signage. The traffic calming elements will be installed by the time the new school opens.