By Ruth Davenport - Metro Halifax
BEDFORD - One regional councillor says it‚Äôs time to consider solutions to get traffic moving on the Bedford Highway ‚Äď solutions like introducing a reversing lane.
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Traffic on the Bedford Highway on Sunday afternoon.
Coun. Matt Whitman will ask for a staff report this week on the implementation of a reversing lane from Kearney Lake Road to Halifax, for use during the morning and afternoon rush hour.
‚ÄúIt comes from sitting in traffic in the morning and sitting in traffic on the way home in the evening, thinking there‚Äôs gotta be a better way,‚ÄĚ he said.
Whitman said the portion of the highway in question has enough lanes that one could be turned into a reversing lane without any need to widen the roadway and add the additional space.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve got all those lanes, we just need to use them more wisely,‚ÄĚ he said.
Coun. Tim Outhit, who represents the district of Bedford, said the idea has merit, but the request for the staff report would likely get deferred because of the Corridor Study already underway.
The study will examine transportation issues and potential solutions throughout HRM.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs going to look at road widening, reversing lanes, ferries, rail,‚ÄĚ said Outhit. ‚ÄúWe need to look at (a reversing lane) in the big picture‚Ä¶but it‚Äôs a good idea, and certainly one of the things we‚Äôre looking at.‚ÄĚ
Whitman said even if the request for a report doesn‚Äôt go very far, he‚Äôs hoping it will start a conversation about the need for change in HRM.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs got to be a way around it,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWhenever I hear someone say we just can‚Äôt do things any better‚Ä¶ I‚Äôm just thinking there‚Äôs always a better way.‚ÄĚ