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Traffic calming pilot project hopes to slow down drivers in Saint John neighbourhoods

By Joe Thomson Aug 30, 2023 | 12:14 PM

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A pair of streets in Saint John are part of a new pilot project from the city aimed at slowing down traffic.

McNamara Drive in East Saint John and Cedarwood Drive in Millidgeville are getting speed cushions installed by crews to reduce how fast cars can drive through the neighbourhood. Officials have been conducting analysis of streets in throughout the city over the past two years and these two were identified as high risk. Work to identify a potential third street to include in the pilot project is currently underway.

“Many Saint John residents are letting us know they are concerned with excessive speeding and the impact it has on the safety of their neighbourhoods,” says Tim O’Reilly, Director of Public Works for the City in a press release.

Speed cushions are often used because of their ability to slow down cars while also minimizing impacts to other road users like emergency vehicles, buses, and cyclists.

The cushions will be in place until next Spring. If successful, the city says this will become an ongoing, expanded initiative with more cushions being added to streets and neighbourhoods throughout Saint John.


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