The flow of traffic for the C1 zoning must be revisit in order to provide a more efficient way to commute in downtown Sidney.
The proposal for a traffic direction change on Beacon Avenue and Bevan Avenue will consist on working with the provincial government (MOTI) to construct a new exit that would connect HWY 17 with Bevan Avenue. This new exit road would allow Bevan Avenue to become a one way road heading in the West-to-East direction and Beacon Avenue will then become a one way road in the West-to-East direction. The lateral roads will remain in the current traffic pattern.
This change will benefit the residents on Mills and Siddall road since it will reduce the change in traffic flow will encourage drivers to use Fifth Street and Resthaven Drive rather than Seventh Street.
In addition, it will encourage tourist to drive on Bevan Ave so the businesses on this road will see more traffic flow. On the other hand, Beacon Ave business would not see a change in traffic flow.
The proposal would not require a vehicular flyover. However, in order to properly improve the traffic flow at this intersection, a pedestrian overpass is needed at the HWY 17 and Beacon intersection. This is also true for the current road configuration.
Finally, this proposal could also provide a better traffic flow in the event of a emergency evacuation and reduce the congestion during rush hour or ferry traffic hours.
Attached is a JPG copy of the proposal.