PEI

Drivers fume as evening curbing work backs up Hillsborough Bridge traffic

The provincial government says “curbing work” was being done on Riverside Drive Thursday night, after drivers complained of having to wait more than an hour to get across the Hillsborough Bridge into Charlottetown. 

Province chose to shut busy ramp at night to avoid peak traffic

The Riverside Drive ramp was closed without notice at around 6 p.m. to allow for construction work. (Lisa Donovan/submitted)

The provincial government says "curbing work" was being done on Riverside Drive Thursday night, after drivers complained of having to wait more than an hour to get across the Hillsborough Bridge into Charlottetown. 

Shortly after 7 p.m., westbound traffic was backed up from the Riverside Drive ramp all the way to the Sobeys in Stratford. 

A provincial spokesperson told CBC News that the ramp was closed from 6 to 9 p.m. "to allow for the installation of concrete curb," as part of the ongoing Stratford sewer connection project. 

"All traffic was routed through the main intersection during this time.… The work was planned for this time of day to avoid peak traffic flows," the spokesperson wrote in an email. 

The curbing work is now done, but "there will be delays sometime next week when they pave the ramp."

The province says the Riverside Drive ramp from the Hillsborough Bridge will need to be closed again at some point for paving. (Laura Meader/CBC)

Erin Picco, who was among those waiting in the traffic, said commuting across the Hillsborough Bridge has become increasingly unpredictable. 

"It was just like one-way traffic coming and we were just sitting there. Nobody knew what was going on," she said of Thursday night's issues. 

"You can't pick a good time to go into town or do anything. Like, everything I do is in town so you kind just have to take the risk and leave early. And hopefully you don't get stuck." 

Traffic was backed up for kilometres Thursday night because the ramp from the Hillsborough Bridge to Riverside Drive was shut from 6 to 9 p.m. (Ronnie Hennessey/Submitted)

The City of Charlottetown is not responsible for roadwork in the area because the bridge and Riverside Drive are considered part of the provincial road network.

The provincial spokesperson said more delays are possible in the future as work on the Active Transportation Corridor takes place on the bridge. 

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