Nfld. & Labrador

Tim's traffic linked to parking lot change

Drivers counting on a speedier route to a popular St. John's coffee shop have lost their access, as have motorists hoping to use a traffic shortcut.

Drivers counting on a speedier route to a popular St. John's coffee shop have lost their access, as have motorists hoping to use a traffic shortcut.

The Rooms — the arts complex that includes the provincial museum, art gallery and archives — has put up barriers in its parking lot that stop traffic from heading to an adjacent Tim Hortons coffee shop, as well as the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's headquarters.

Many drivers routinely cut through the lot to get quickly from Bonaventure Avenue to Harvey Road.

Deanne Fisher, a director at The Rooms, said safety has been an ongoing concern, and that speed bumps installed last year have not slowed down - let alone stopped - traffic from flowing through the lot.

"We have tour buses, we have lots of kids or community groups ... St. Bon's kids, we've had yoga groups, you name it," Fisher said.

"What we have found that pedestrians are using it like a parking lot, but drivers are coming through like it's a roadway and the two just don't mix."

Fisher said the change is necessary to prevent a future accident.

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