Canada: Town of Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia council digests proposed road diet

An effort to put Port Hawkesbury’s main thoroughfare on a road diet is continuing to attract debate over safety concerns and how to best proceed with the makeover.

At its meeting Tuesday evening, members heard a presentation on the Destination Reeves Street project from a representative of the consultant that prepared the plan. They also heard from representatives of the Port Hawkesbury Volunteer Fire Department, which earlier this year raised safety concerns about aspects of the concept, particularly the proposal to reduce the busy provincially owned four-lane highway that runs through the centre of town to three lanes.

The road diet concept calls for reducing the number of traffic lanes in an effort to improve safety and slow traffic.

However, some town residents have expressed concern about how effective the proposed centre turning lane would be and that increased congestion will drive traffic onto residential side streets.