Bay Roberts eyes traf­fic changes

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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

NICHOLAS MERCER/TC MEDIA

Bay Roberts coun­cil is eye­ing de­sign changes to the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 70 and Bare­need Road.

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