Old Topsail Road driving a headache despite ‘calming’

More stop signs and a lower speed limit are just two of the changes some residents want in their west-end St. John's neighbourhood.
The roundabout on Old Topsail Road is one of the measures the city is trying out, to curb speeding on the street. (CBC)

More stop signs and a lower speed limit are just two of the changes some residents want in their west-end St. John's neighbourhood because existing traffic calming measures aren't working.

Residents from Old Topsail Road met on Wednesday night to vent their concerns about reckless driving.

The City of St. John's is already trying to make improvements by testing traffic 'calming measures' such as speed bumps, a roundabout and raised crosswalks. 

Residents told Ward 2 Coun. Jonathan Galgay, chair of the city's public works committee, the changes have improved things somewhat — but they are still seeing drivers going too fast.

Barry Dunne says while the city of St. John's has done good work to date with the traffic 'calming' measures, it's not where it needs to be. (CBC)

"It's been a problem now for a number of years, that people have no regard for the speed limit," said resident Barry Dunne.

"We regularly get fast motorcycles and regular drivers that exceed 50, 60, 70, 80 kmh plus, and the neighbourhood is changing, so it's time the city addressed it."

Residents also think the roundabout should be reconsidered because design flaws make it dangerous.

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