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ghYHZ:

The existing Rotary on the Trans Canada Highway at Port Hastings, Nova Scotia will be reconstructed as a new Roundabout.

https://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/port-hastings-roundabout.asp

Currently TCH104 traffic entering the Rotary (from the left below) and TCH105 (from the upper right) has the right-of-way and traffic already in the rotary must yield to the TCH traffic. In the new configuration.....all traffic entering the new Roundabout will now yield.










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They also plan to construct a storage/holding-lane between the new Roundabout and the Canso Causeway Swing-Bridge just to the west. Currently when the bridge is open traffic backs up through the rotary impeding other traffic not intending to cross the bridge.

Wonder how they intend to fill/empty the storage/holding-lane? Will it be a passing lane with traffic jumping ahead of those already stopped..... then trying to merge back in when the bridge reopens? I can see road-rage happening! 


Below, Photo #6.....the storage/holding-lane will be added on the left.....westbound, downhill toward the swing-bridge.

froggie:

--- Quote ---Currently when the bridge is open traffic backs up through the rotary impeding other traffic not intending to cross the bridge.
--- End quote ---

Despite the "road rage" potential, this is probably why they're building the storage lane...so that bridge openings don't back traffic up into the roundabout.

ghYHZ:

--- Quote from: froggie on August 21, 2021, 10:42:07 AM ---
--- Quote ---Currently when the bridge is open traffic backs up through the rotary impeding other traffic not intending to cross the bridge.
--- End quote ---

Despite the "road rage" potential, this is probably why they're building the storage lane...so that bridge openings don't back traffic up into the roundabout.

--- End quote ---

That's exactly why they're doing it and discussed in the video in the link above. A considerable amount of traffic can build when the bridge is open.....usually for about 15 minutes but can extend to 30. (I get caught quite often!)

And you can get a string of traffic entering the rotary from TCH105 westbound that have managed to stay together since arriving on the Newfoundland Ferry a hour & a half away.......450 cars/trucks/RVs and only a few passing lanes! 

Rothman:
All for it.  The current layout is a mess and is confusing (having been through it now a couple of times).  Signage is in a desperate need of updating for clarity.

yakra:
Pity that right turn movement near Lovers Ln will become something much less direct.

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