Monday, August 07, 2017 - 7:30 PM

MUN Traffic Study Online

Proposed Roundabout Design

The Memorial University Area Traffic Study was first commissioned in 2014 by the City of St. John’s; Memorial University of Newfoundland; Eastern Health; and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador with a purpose to examine the longer term transportation infrastructure needs in and around the University area. This partnership was formed based on the premise that there are four major parties that have a vested interest and responsibility for the traffic conditions in the study area. The focus of the terms of reference were on traffic performance, pedestrian safety, and public transit.

Council has directed staff to work with representatives from Memorial University to prepare a joint funding request to solicit project funding from the Provincial Government for phase one projects only.

Upon receipt of the study, our traffic experts carefully reviewed the findings and have developed a list of priority projects, based on the traffic analysis completed and our understanding of the changing traffic and pedestrian patterns in the study area. The top three traffic priorities are three roundabouts recommended along Prince Philip Drive at Allendale Road, Clinch Crescent (east) / Westerland Road, and Thorburn Road. Along Elizabeth Avenue there are also a number of modest changes in the short term.

In the long term traffic analysis, recommendations include:
• Multiple roundabouts throughout the network
• Elizabeth Avenue enhancements
• Corridor upgrades along Clinch Crescent and Prince Philip Drive
• A new roadway Link through Pippy Park, and
• Gateway features and other street landscaping

Pedestrian safety is a major component of the study which includes a thorough review of MUN campus pedestrian crossings and identifies a need for new pedway links, adjustments to pedestrian markings and signage throughout Campus. The study also proposes a number of progressive measures to reduce the number of vehicles on the road at peak times that will challenge us and future councils to consider promoting alternative transportation models.

The full report is located in the publications section. The current priority list is included in the Decision Note, presented to Council on August 7, 2017.

Public information sessions will be scheduled for the fall.