New Brunswick, Canada: Fixing Moncton’s ‘road diet’ could cost up to $6.5 million

A consultant’s report has determined Moncton’s “road diet” tested on a stretch of Mountain Road near the casino has failed.

The city changed the four-lane roadway between Front Mountain Road and Woodhaven Court to three lanes last year. A middle lane served as a shared left-turn lane. Bike lanes were also added along each side.

Meant to slow traffic, the changes had a minimal impact on speeding and created congestion and longer wait times at various intersections, the study by Exp Services Inc. found.

The study, which cost about $96,700, calls for keeping Front Mountain Road to Ensley Drive as three lanes but changing the rest back to four lanes.

That would also result in eliminating the bike lanes. The calls instead for a multi-use path separated from traffic.