Reversing lane on Bedford Highway could help traffic woes: councillor

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By Ruth Davenport - Metro Halifax

BEDFORD - One regional councillor says it’s time to consider solutions to get traffic moving on the Bedford Highway – solutions like introducing a reversing lane.

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.

“It comes from sitting in traffic in the morning and sitting in traffic on the way home in the evening, thinking there’s gotta be a better way,” 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.

“We’ve got all those lanes, we just need to use them more wisely,” 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.

“That’s going to look at road widening, reversing lanes, ferries, rail,” said Outhit. “We need to look at (a reversing lane) in the big picture…but it’s a good idea, and certainly one of the things we’re looking at.”

Whitman said even if the request for a report doesn’t go very far, he’s hoping it will start a conversation about the need for change in HRM.

“There’s got to be a way around it,” he said. “Whenever I hear someone say we just can’t do things any better… I’m just thinking there’s always a better way.”


Geographic location: Kearney Lake Road, HRM, Bedford

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