Nova Scotia

Hammonds Plains detour worries residents

Construction on Halifax's Hammonds Plains Road is rerouting thousands of cars onto a side street and residents are afraid the speed of the detoured highway traffic will pose a risk to their safety.

Construction on Halifax's Hammonds Plains Road is rerouting thousands of cars onto a side street and residents are afraid the speed of the detoured highway traffic will pose a risk to their safety.

The work started Monday and already some residents are worried that drivers accustomed to a speed limit of 80 kilometres an hour on Hammonds Plains Road won't adjust to the residential street's limit of 50 kilometres an hour.

Temporary signs have been erected to note the speed change, but locals are concerned drivers won't pay attention.

"I actually noticed two cars go straight through this intersection without stopping at the new stop signs that were put in to hopefully slow traffic down," said Scott Oldford. "That scares me. I'm going to be riding through here with my two kids in the car." 

In addition to their concerns about cars, some residents are worried the street's small footpath is not safe enough for pedestrians, especially at a bridged section. Residents said the pathis usually filled with people, including children, walking and cycling in the summertime. 

Bill Ellis thinks the traffic will be so dangerous that he plans to make three right turns rather than one left so he can get on the main road safely.

"Now, there's three stop signs. It seems people are just going to run all three stop signs, so I expect there will probably be an accident sooner or later before people get used to it," he said.

The construction is scheduled to continue until Aug. 15.

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