MUN traffic study gets rolling

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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.

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, 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.

Organizations: Confederation Building

Geographic location: MUN, U.S., Allandale Road Westerland Road Thorburn Road Freshwater Road Kenmount Road Outer Ring Road

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Recent comments

  • Bas
    June 06, 2014 - 22:32

    Just curious...why do a traffic survey during the university's least busy time.Far fewer students on campus now than from Sept to May

  • MUnny
    June 06, 2014 - 08:15

    Follow the original plan, and make the parkway go under the campus with no vehicles allowed on campus.

  • Axel
    June 05, 2014 - 22:14

    Here's my take. Until pedestrians start using crosswalks and pedways intead of crossing roads wherever they wish traffic will be madness around MUN. First off Westerland road needs less crosswalks, 4 crosswalks & a pedway on a 400m road is too many. The entrance/exit to the Education bldg at the Prince Phillip Road end of Westerland Road should be closed off. Tim Hortons at teh Aquarena was abad idea, with the addiction to Tim's half the Univesity is travelling back and forth from there.

  • Dee
    June 05, 2014 - 21:09

    I passed though there yesterday at about 1pm two girls crossed the road in front of theAqua Arena neither one was anywhere near the cross walk I didn't stop to let either across the street,maybe it's time to educate the MUN CHILDREN.....