nb-speed-humps

City workers installing speed humps on Heather Way to help slow traffic. ((Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon/CBC))

The City of Saint John is taking another step to slow down traffic on a stretch of road on the city’s east side that was the scene of a tragic car accident last fall.

Workers were installing two 7.3-metre-long speed humps on Heather Way Tuesday morning.

The city had previously reduced the speed limit on the four-lane street to 50 km/h, said Tim O'Reilly, manager of pedestrian and traffic services.

"At the time the speed limit was 60 km/h, and so they were going, one of six [vehicles] were going at least 75 km/h," he said.

The city is also considering narrowing the street to two lanes, O’Reilly added.

Margaret Kirkpatrick, who lives beside Heather Way, said she is taking a wait-and-see attitude about the speed humps. "Well, it will be interesting to see what they will actually do, when they are installed," she said.

The new speed limit has done little to address speeding habits, she added.

Heather Way, a long stretch of road near Simonds High School and the New Brunswick Community College, is notorious for speeding in Saint John, but a fatal accident last fall underlined the danger.

Helen Elizabeth McFarlane, 79, was killed on Sept. 30 when the teenaged driver of a car doing 118 km/h lost control and hit her as she walked on the sidewalk at the corner of Heather Way and Oakhill Crescent.

The driver, 16, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death. He told the court he was rushing to get a friend home to pick up soccer cleats in time for a game.

The teen, who can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was sentenced to two years of probation and barred from driving for two years.