Saint John considers speed bumps, narrower streets
City wants to reduce the speed and number of cars on the road
Saint John is looking into narrowing streets and adding more speed bumps this year to encourage drivers to slow down.
The proposed changes are part of a traffic-calming policy, introduced in April, said Tim O'Reilly, manager of pedestrian and traffic services for the city.
The policy is meant to reduce the speed and number of cars on the road, based on citizens' requests, he said.
So far, nearly 100 people have issued requests under the policy, ranging from changing speed limits to adding bike lanes to help slow traffic down in different parts of the city, said O'Reilly.
"We're certainly hoping this year to identify what that highest priority project is, and perhaps get some of that implemented this year," he said.
Traffic-calming measures, such as raised crosswalks and traffic roundabouts, can make traffic enforcement easier for the Saint John Police, said traffic enforcement Sgt. Jeff LaFrance
"The unfortunate thing is we can't be there 24 hours a day. Where these traffic calming implementations have been put in place it has actually slowed down, or assisted us in calming the issue," said LaFrance.
The traffic-calming policy falls under the city's $1.6 million pedestrian and traffic management budget.