Motorists leaving the east hospital entrance and west mall entrance on Manitoba Drive in Clarenville will soon be making right turns only.
© Kevin Curley
The Manitoba Drive Traffic Pilot Project correspondence was sent to property and business owners and council was presented with a number of written responses.
The plan is to monitor traffic in these areas on an ongoing basis and the pilot project will be brought back to the Public Works Committee in the summer or fall of 2016 for further review.
Deputy Mayor Ashling Avery asked if consideration was given to making the right turn only between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays during peak traffic hours.
“Is it necessary to restrict the left turns at all times?” asked Avery.
Public Works Chair David Harris said it had been considered but it is difficult to predict traffic and it is harder to enforce a timeline.
“We are going to go with the 24 hour rules, but, it is a pilot project and we are going to bring it back and have a look at it,” said Coun. Harris.
Mayor Frazer Russell said he received one call from a business owner in the area and sasked them to put their concerns in writing to give to the town to be evaluated.
“I just indicated that it was a pilot project, and pilots are just that, a chance to try something. There is nothing finalized but by all means it will be part of the evaluation process. If anyone or any business feels they would be in anyway affected, then by all means they should send their concerns to the public works committee,” Mayor Russell told council.
Coun. Harris said they had heard from some people who had concerns that the project might change traffic flow at lunchtime.
“My first response, regarding the entrance to the hospital. There’s still two entrances to the hospital, we are just limiting the turn on one which is across from a dangerous intersection,” Harris told council.
Harris said anyone needing to go left at the mall could do so at Thompson Street, which is safer and faster.