City announces consultant for review of traffic patterns and problems around university
A long-planned study of traffic patterns around Memorial University is finally moving ahead.
© — Telegram file photo
A pedestrian on a crosswalk at Memorial University in September 2013.
U.S. firm Hatch Mott MacDonald, which has an office in St. John’s, is carrying out the study, which is being funded by the city, the university and the provincial government.
City council awarded the tender to Hatch Mott MacDonald in November at an estimated cost of $220,000, half of which will be paid by St. John’s and the remaining 50 per cent split equally by MUN and the province.
The study will examine traffic patterns, the road network, capacity, pedestrian safety and public transit. People can offer opinions online at muntrafficstudy.ca, and there will be public information sessions June 12 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in the Junior Common Room of R. Gushue Hall on campus.
In 2012, students, faculty and staff held a demonstration on campus calling for increased lighting and reduced speed limits on campus following an accident that took place in the area.
In October 2013, there were two vehicle-pedestrian accidents on Westerland Road, which runs between MUN and the Aquarena.
The area of study includes Prince Philip Drive from Thorburn Road to the east entrance of the Confederation Building, Elizabeth Avenue and Freshwater Road from Kenmount Road to Allandale Road, and Allandale Road from the Outer Ring Road to Elizabeth Avenue.