Nova Scotia

Sydney River's Kings Road to be subject of traffic study

The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation is looking at ways to relieve traffic congestion and reduce accidents on Kings Road in Sydney River.

22,000 vehicles a day on the Sydney River section of thoroughfare

Kings Road has becoming increasingly busy as a thoroughfare in and out of Sydney. (Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith/CBC)

The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation is looking at ways to relieve traffic congestion and reduce accidents on Kings Road in Sydney River.

Twenty-two thousand vehicles travel Kings Road to get to the Sydney downtown each day.

"It's always busy" says City Wide Taxi driver Daniel Dickey. "A couple of sets of lights wouldn't hurt, here and there."

Other motorists complain about how difficult it is to make a left-hand turn.

The department is looking at solving these problems. District director Gerard Jessome said they may reduce and consolidate some entrances.

"Of course we'll have to work very closely with all the stakeholders and businesses in the area before we could do anything like that," he said.

Subdivision development in communities such as Coxheath, Westmount and Sydney River has meant steadily increasing traffic in recent years.

Jessome said he has already met with officials from the Breton Ability Centre to discuss a proposed new housing development there. It will include commercial space, along with housing for seniors and people with disabilities.

"It's actually timely for us since it all fits in with our own planning," Jessome said.

He said a number of options will be considered, including more traffic lights, roundabouts and a left-turning lane.

He said the department is in the early stages of looking at the issues, so it will be a couple of years before work will begin.

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