SACKVILLE, N.B. – In an effort to improve traffic safety in a steadily-growing part of town, Sackville and Mount Allison University representatives are in the midst of discussions over the realignment of the Salem and Main Street intersection.
George Woodburn, director of public works and engineering for the town, said a redesign of that intersection could improve pedestrian safety for those crossing Salem to and from the King Street parking lot as well as make exiting from Salem onto Main safer for motorists.
“With all the pedestrian movement, there’s more activity there . . . so there have been questions of safety in that area,” Woodburn told town council during their monthly discussion meeting in August.
Woodburn said the increased traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, along that juncture has been a growing concern for several years now for the municipality but hasn’t been a high enough priority to have made it to the capital budget plan. But the recent construction of the new fine arts building on the corner of Main and Salem has brought the issue to the forefront once again.
Mayor Bob Berry suggested the possibility of cost-sharing the expected $200,000-plus costs with the university to realign the streets.
Woodburn pointed out that Mount A may consider including this work as part of the landscaping of the new building, provided that funding is available.