Pic­tou could re­vamp Vet­eran’s Drive — again


The Vet­eran’s Drive de­bate is back on in Pic­tou.

In the sum­mer of 2017, town coun­cil­lors voted 3-2 in favour of mak­ing a 50-me­tre sec­tion of Vet­er­ans Drive, be­tween Dun­romin Ter­race and the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, into a one-way street.

At the time, the coun­cil said it would re­view the sit­u­a­tion af­ter one year.

It was hoped the changes would make it safer for pedes­tri­ans walk­ing on what is a busy con­nec­tor street that has no side­walk, but now the town is con­sid­er­ing a cou­ple of op­tions: erect­ing a stop sign at the cor­ner of Vet­eran’s Drive and Hec­tor Street to slow traf­fic or per­haps us­ing other meth­ods — such as putting up bright yel­low speed limit signs or in­stalling rum­ble strips — to make mo­torists more cog­nizant of the pedes­trian traf­fic in the res­i­den­tial area.

“We need to do some­thing to in­form driv­ers that chil­dren and se­niors are us­ing that road,” said Mayor Jim Ryan.

Coun. Na­dine LeBlanc said at a Nov. 5 coun­cil meet­ing that she is con­cerned about mak­ing fur­ther changes to the street af­ter vig­or­ous de­bate over the past num­ber of years, which in­cluded two traf­fic stud­ies in that part of town.

“I just think this has to stop. This has been two years,” she said.

But Coun. Dan Cur­rie said that “with­out (do­ing) some­thing else, I don’t see us tak­ing the bar­rier down just be­cause it’s an in­con­ve­nience. Do­ing noth­ing is ab­so­lutely not an op­tion.”

The town will ap­proach the traf­fic au­thor­ity to ask it to study the pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios and take a cou­ple of weeks to see what might be the best ap­proach.

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