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South Shore Road meridians near Saywell Park are expected to proceed after a review confirmed their safety.
Ministry of Transportations consultants have approved the proposed centre meridians leaving at least one local business owners wondering where his customers will now park.
The placement of the centre meridians on South Shore Road was under review because of space restrictions on the roadway.
“I’ve seen the consultant’s report, and they’re still recommending that we put the meridians in, everything lines up with what they thought,” said Mayor Ross Forrest. “The intent of them is to slow the traffic down; they think by taking them out, traffic will just speed up there.”
Pete White, Owner of Payless Pete’s believes the meridians will be bad for his business because customers will no longer be able to park on the road in front of his store.
“I don’t like the meridians, but I’m just one person so what can I do?” said White. “If it slows down business too much, I guess I’ll close the store, and move on—things are slow as is.”
White believes that placing police checks on the stretch of road would do the same job as the meridians, and not harm business.
“They’re not going like a bugger through there anyway, I mean you get the odd one, but it does not matter what town you’re in there’s going to be some guys who drive like buggers threw town,” said White. “I think a cop placement on the road would accomplish the same thing as the meridians.”
He will be expressing his concerns at the town’s next public works committee meeting.
Forrest is unsure if the decision regarding the meridian can be changed at the council meeting because in the end it is the Ministry of Transportations decision.
“Ultimately it’s the Ministry of Transportation’s road, and both parties agreed before on the design of the road. I don’t know what it would take to change it,” said Forrest. “We have a public works committee meeting (after press time last) night, and I’m sure this will be part of our discussion, but I don’t believe the decision will be changed.”