Select Page

Saint John’s Main Street to get major facelift

Saint John's Main Street to get major facelift

Project would make six-lane street narrower and improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians An image showing the proposed bike lanes and walking path for the…

Tuesday, May 31

News

Project would make six-lane street narrower and improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians

An image showing the proposed bike lanes and walking path for the Main Street active transportation project in Saint John. (City of Saint John) Saint John city council has given its approval for a major overhaul of Main Street and the viaduct leading into the city’s uptown core.

The Main Street active transportation project is an effort to make the major thoroughfare more friendly for cyclists and pedestrians.

When presenting the plan to council Monday night, transportation director Tim O’Reilly was clearly excited about the project.

"I really feel great to be here in front of council in person, for sure," O’Reilly said as photos of the new design flashed across the screen in council chambers.. Tim O’Reilly, the city’s director of transportation, says an overhaul of Main Street matches with city council’s stated priorities. (Joseph Tunney/CBC) "It’s an awesome change."

There has been a push to redesign Main Street for almost a decade.

Once a thriving neighbourhood, most of the buildings in the area were knocked down during urban renewal efforts in the 1970s.Main Street became an auto route, widened to six lanes, which critics say encourages higher speeds and more lane changes.That makes riding a bicycle there more dangerous.Back in the summer of 2020, avid cyclist Nick Cameron told CBC News the street was a prime candidate for a "road diet." One half of Main Street as it is now (top) and how the city is proposing it will […]

Share This