Bay Roberts eyes traffic changes
Bay Roberts is taking steps to address some of the traffic issues it faces on the local stretch of the Conception Bay Highway.
More specifically, the town will have Harbourside Transportation Consultants (HTC) look at ways to upgrade the intersection of Route 70 and Bareneed Road.
Harbourside is the same company that handled the town’s traffic study this year.
Those upgrades would include improvements to the traffic signal system and the design of the intersection itself.
Both were identified as items that needed to be addressed in the initial traffic study.
“Our consultants indicated this should be a priority of this council,” said Mayor Philip Wood. “They basically will put it in. We have no expertise to line this up properly.”
The cost of issuing this additional report is $39,450. The result would be “a detailed set of design drawings and specifications ready for tender.”
What Harbourside is being tasked with would just be the initial step towards completely rejigging the intersection near the RCMP building in Bay Roberts. It is expected there will be additional costs when it comes time to put the design modifications in place.
Deputy Mayor Walter Yetman wondered what exactly those extra costs could be.
“This is the first time we’ve done this and I’d like to know where we’re going,” he said.
That answer won’t be known until the plan is presented to council and they decide where to go next.
“This is the first step, the same as we do with anything,” said Chief Administrative Officer Nigel Black. “This is the step to get the design completed so you can determine what the costs will be to actually do the project.”
Bay Roberts will look for government funding to implement the recommendations Harbourside comes back with.
It’s something Wood believes they should be able to get, because the work involves a pair of roads government looks after.
Speed bump requests
Like many towns in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region, Bay Roberts council spends plenty of time dealing with requests to address speeding in various parts of their community.
A lot of times these requests are for the placement of speed bumps in an attempt to curb motorists careening around town at high rates of speed. During this meeting, councillors dealt with three additional requests from residents
That’s on top of the weekly correspondence they get from around the community.
Wood suggested forwarding the concerns to the RCMP and the town’s Municipal Enforcement Officer, while the town hammers out a more concrete system for handling requests.
Mayor writes minister
At the tail end of the meeting, Wood tabled a letter he wrote Aug. 25 to Al Hawkins, minister of transportation and works, regarding the move to defer the construction of the replacement for Coley’s Point Primary by three years.
In the letter, the mayor requests an update on that issue stemming from a meeting between the minister and the town during the budget filibuster a couple of months ago.
Kelly’s Road construction
During a recent survey of roads in the community that needed some love and care in terms of improvements, officials identified Kelly’s Road in Coley’s Point early on as a potential candidate.
The improvements were tendered, which closed on Aug. 9 after six companies bid on the project.
At the Aug. 30 meeting, the town approved St. John’s company Dexter’s Construction Company Ltd. to complete the necessary work. Their bid came in at $619,042.36.
That was lower than the pre-tender estimate of $700,374.79.
This is the first time we’ve done this and I’d like to know where we’re going. Walter Yetman
Bay Roberts council is eyeing design changes to the intersection of Route 70 and Bareneed Road.