Charlottetown Police Chief, Paul Smith and Coun. David MacDonald are pleased with the results of the traffic-calming experiment on Ambrose Street. (Brendan Elliott/CBC)

An experiment to keep rush-hour traffic off a side street near North River Road is being called a success by Charlottetown Police.

The traffic-calming experiment was on Ambrose Street. It's a narrow residential road in the old part of the city often used by drivers as a thoroughfare to avoid heavy traffic on North River Road. Last fall, police placed barriers along the street to force traffic to slow down.

Chief Paul Smith drafted a report on the pilot project and it's now in the hands of city council's police committee.

"One of the positives on it was that we did displace some of the peak traffic," Police Chief Paul Smith said, "but unfortunately, it went to the next street."

Smith's report recommended that if council decided to expand the project, politics should not be the deciding factor for which streets received attention. Police committee chair David MacDonald agreed.

"That shouldn't be made for political gain or political loss. Those are decisions that should be made for safety reasons," said MacDonald.

"The people who are best qualified to take those kinds of decisions are the people who are trained to do that."

Smith and MacDonald agree that before a decision is reached, key members of the Fire and Police Departments as well as staff from the Public Works Department should be consulted, who would be in a position to provide input about snow removal concerns and sight lines. 

MacDonald said his committee will now work through Smith's report. And council will also have its say on the matter, before any further traffic calming measures are considered.