Major Traffic Disruptions Soon On East Side

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 06:08 AM

Traffic on two of the most heavily travelled roads on the east side will be disrupted beginning in mid April for work to be done on the clean drinking water project.

Loch Lomond Road from Westmorland to MacDonald Street where City Transit is will be closed to through traffic for 60 days starting on April 17th and after that, Westmorland Road will be closed from mid June to September from Loch Lomond Road to Ellerdale Street.

Project Manager Dean Price says one-third of the work on clean water still has to be done.

Price says the project is still on schedule and slated to be completed by the end of next year.

Business owners in the area are concerned over the impact on their bottom line because of the traffic disruptions.

Sean Fillmore of On the Vine says his business suffered last year during construction associated with the clean drinking water project.

"Time is everything to people and when you have to sit in traffic for more than 10, more than 15 minutes, more than 20 minutes you find another route and if the route isn't going by any of our businesses, then that turns into layoffs that turns into upset customers, and customers that find another pattern and don't come back to your business," says Fillmore. 

"We can't run businesses without customers able to get to them, and I think that has to be a big, big concern of the city of Saint John."