Fredericton takes next step to deal with drive-thru traffic congestion

FREDERICTON — City councillors in Fredericton have taken another step towards addressing traffic jams caused by a busy Tim Hortons drive-thru.

At its meeting Tuesday, council directed city staff to draft a bylaw resolution to prohibit left turns off Wallace Avenue.

That resolution is expected to be up for debate in a few weeks.

If passed, the no-left-turn would work in conjunction with a proposed turnaround at the end of the street — creating a queue for the drive-thru and preventing that traffic from blocking Main Street.

Last month, council put the turnaround project on hold while it gathered more information.

Fredericton is the latest Canadian municipality forced to contend with safety, environmental and traffic concerns caused by restaurant drive-thrus.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 16, 2019.

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