Adding lanes or widening the overpass on Arcola Avenue wouldn’t accomplish much when it comes to traffic bottlenecks in the area during peak times.
Those are the findings of a report on the roadway that connects downtown to the southeast part of the city and sees between 39 to 45-thousand cars per day on it.
Mayor Michael Fougere understands the frustration some feel when caught up in the congestion because he lives out in that area of the city and sees it.
Fougere says the report does say there are some things that are happening which will hopefully help the situation somewhat.
The report speaks of a double left hand turn lane on University Park Drive, adding a lane near the bridge and knowing the impact of the Regina Bypass which will be completed. “Fougere said. “There’s also a Prince of Wales extension, Assiniboine Avenue going to the north and using Victoria Avenue will lessen the impact.”
Fougere says he will be looking at the report again, but his first glance at it says not a lot can be done at this time and that Arcola Avenue, which he says is safe, is one of many areas where there are traffic congestion which can be attributed to the city growing.
Fougere says if something is done to alleviate the problem, it likely means other city projects will have to be delayed.