The town of Bonavista could see two sets of stop lights installed to control traffic in the community, after council began the process for their placement.
In an interview with The Packet, Mayor John Norman says traffic has been a growing issue in Bonavista and the lights are needed where the two main roads in the community — Route 230 and 235 — intersect with Coster Street.
“We have had a traffic analysis done before,” he explained, “And there has been a significant traffic increase since that study was done.”
He says they’re working with the provincial department of transportation and works to have the placement approved. The expense will be paid completely by the town as a municipal capital works endeavour.
Norman says traffic lights are particularly expensive and it will be a sizeable investment for the town to install them — in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for two sets.
For now, the town wants to do an updated traffic analysis, monitoring the area this past summer and into next spring.
“It seems to have support all around the council table,” says Norman.
He adds the Hospital Road area has also been discussed as traffic concern but as of now, the two crossings on Coster Street are seen as the busiest intersections, with vehicles waiting long periods of time in queue.
Though planning is in place for the lights, the timeline for their installation will wait until further research is completed.