Transportation and Works Minister Davis Brazil saw some of the traffic issues concerning Marystown firsthand during a visit to the area Wednesday.
Topping the agenda, according to Mayor Sam Synard, was the future of the Harris Drive-McGettigan Boulevard-Ville Marie Drive intersection.
The busy juncture has been the subject of controversy recently with a proposed roundabout for the thoroughfare scuttled due to cost constraints.
“We need a plan there,” Synard said Friday. “There’s a lot of traffic there. People (are getting) stuck there now for 10 or 15 minutes, trying to get out, especially in the evening time.”
The mayor said the town is planning to have another look at a traffic study completed a few years ago and will work with the Department of Transportation and Works on a long-term solution.
“We know we have an issue there, we need to address what we are going to do,” he said.
Traffic on McGettigan Boulevard has become an issue in general, Synard said.
Council discussed with Brazil the need for some type of holding lane on the road so vehicles waiting to exit into one of the many businesses located along the stretch aren’t holding up other motorists, he said.
The town also brought up increased traffic on the Burin Peninsula Highway with the minister.
Synard pointed out there are only two passing lanes from Goobies to Marystown – one just after Swift Current and another near Red Harbour.
“It leads to really unsafe driving conditions. People get anxious, sort of edging out to see what is in front of them,” he said.
Synard described last week’s meeting with the minister as the start of a process.
Brazil also toured the town’s new recreation complex during his visit.