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HRM councillor says staff looking at possible changes to help traffic flow during Quinpool closure

Councillor Stephen Adams says decisions can't be made based on one day
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Quinpool Rd. closure (Dave Heintzman/HalifaxToday.ca)

A Halifax councillor says the municipality is looking at making possible adjustments as commuters faced significant backups during the first morning of the Quinpool Road closure.

Spryfield - Sambro Loop - Prospect Road Councillor Stephen Adams told NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show municipal engineers were on the scene Monday observing and analyzing traffic patterns.

"We're looking at how the lights can be changed to help with traffic flow but it's not going to happen overnight," he said. "You can't make a decision based on Monday but I think what they'll do is they'll assess this and look for a pattern."

Halifax Regional Municipality spokesperson Brynn Langille said overall, staff feel the first morning of the closure went well, but they have already made slight adjustments.

"They include re-assigning some lanes to favour turning movements which correspond with the detour routes," she explained. "For example, if the detour sign tells you to turn right in some areas, we've actually provided a specific right-turn lane for people to be able to make that movement easily."

"Staff will continue to monitor what's going on and we will make further adjustments for the remainder of the project."

Callers to NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show questioned why drivers weren't able to use Armview Ave. to get around the CN bridge closure during the expected 4.5 month construction project.

In an emailed statement, Halifax Regional Municipality spokesperson Brendan Elliott said the Connaught Avenue/Chebucto Road detour was picked because that route is designed to handle truck traffic.

However, Adams believes the Armview route should be considered.

"I think the Armview option has to be explored but right now there's some work being done at the beginning of that," said Adams. "It's out of commission for the next two weeks so even if staff decided to do that, it's not an option for a couple of weeks."

"If it's a concern about truck traffic, put up a 'trucks have to proceed onto Chebucto' sign. That's easy."


Chris Halef

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Chris is a reporter for HalifaxToday.ca and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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