Midtown one-way streets remain a possibility

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Despite a city administration report urging them otherwise, the city’s elected officials decided in a split vote to look into adding more one-way streets to Prince Albert.

 

The idea was brought forward by Coun. Tim Scharkowski, who noted that traffic gets tight in the midtown area due to the narrowing of streets as a result of snow.

“I was on 13th Street and had my side mirror clipped,” he told council at Monday’s meeting. “A lot of mirrors do get damaged because there isn’t a lot of room in that street.”

At Monday’s meeting a split city council voted against a motion that read “That the existing two-way street configuration in the midtown area remain in its current configuration.”

Although they voted against the status quo, the question remains of how they intend to change things.

Cutting down trees and widening the streets and parking on one side only are potential options, although Mayor Greg Dionne noted that the possibility of one-side parking was already looked into; “but the problem was, ‘not my side,’” he explained.

Rather than decree the instatement of one-way streets in the midtown area in one fell swoop at Monday’s meeting, Scharkowski issued a notice of motion to change one or all of the streets from Ninth to 12th Street East to one-ways.

I was on 13th Street and had my side mirror clipped ... A lot of mirrors do get damaged because there isn’t a lot of room in that street. Tim Scharkowski

A notice of motion means that the motion will be considered during the next council meeting, set for June 23.

This should allow adequate time for the public to voice their concerns -- something Dionne surmised will happen in droves.

“One-way means faster speeds,” he summarized. “At least now everyone knows they have to go down those streets slow.

“We only have one one-way street in our city, now, and that’s Central Avenue, and I don’t want to get involved with more than one.”

An administrative report by transportation project manager Mohammad Kraishan draws the same conclusion, noting that it creates more dangerous situations mid-block, albeit conditions are made safer at intersections.

With the idea of one-way streets put to the public, the city’s elected officials are expected to re-address the issue on June 23, at which time the debate is expected to continue. 

Geographic location: 13th Street, 12th Street East, Central Avenue

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