Major changes to traffic directions on some downtown Halifax streets go into effect Monday.


The changes take effect on Monday. ((Halifax Regional Municipality))

Some two-way streets now go in only one direction. One road has become a two-way street and another has changed directions altogether.

The Halifax Regional Municipality believes the changes in street directions will result in better organization of traffic flow.

The changes will allow for 80 new parking spots, as well as bike lanes. They're also supposed to reduce confusion where two-way streets become one-way streets.

HRM by Design made the recommendation and several public consultations were held.

"Could be a little gridlock in the morning. I'll have to leave a little early," said Halifax resident Adam Bower.

But Bower feels ready for a switch in his commute.

"I have seen the signs. I am used to one-way streets. I grew up in Lunenburg," he said.

Taxi driver Jim Knofta said it should be a little easier driving around the area.

"I think so, because of the traffic flow," Knofta said. "Lower Water Street is sometimes a mess down there."

This is the first set of changes to traffic direction downtown. Two more phases, which will include additional downtown streets, are scheduled for next month and March 2012.

Converting to one way

  • Blowers Street between Grafton and Barrington
  • Market Street between Prince Street and Carmichael Street
  • Sackville Street between Brunswick Street and Barrington Street
  • George Street between Barrington Street and Hollis Street
  • Granville Street between Salter Street and Sackville Street

Converting to two way

  • Grafton Street between Prince Street and Sackville Street

Changing direction

  • Market Street between Sackville Street and Prince Street