Two streets near Ruth Betts Community School are up for discussion to change from two-way traffic to one way.
A proposed amendment to Flin Flon’s traffic bylaws, as presented at a city council meeting last month, called for three adjoining streets near Ruth Betts Community School - Hiawatha Avenue, Hudson Street and the back lane between Terrace Avenue and Hudson Street, south of Ruth Betts - to be changed from two-way to one-way streets. The City of Flin Flon and Flin Flon School Division are both working on the request.
The measure passed first reading during council’s Feb. 21 meeting, but did not show up for further readings during the council’s March 7 meeting.
The proposal has since changed to not include the back alley, which will remain as a two-way traffic site.
The move would make Hiawatha Avenue only legally driveable from east to west and Hudson Street legally driveable from north to south. Signage regarding the changes will be put up, as deemed appropriate by City works and operations director Adem Adebayo.
The streets are currently listed within City traffic bylaws as two-way streets as of press time.
The reason for the change is similar to one made near Ecole McIsaac School back in 2009, making the portion of Princess Boulevard leading to the school a one-way street, along with Balsam Avenue near the school and its parking lot all the way to the intersection at Balsam and Parkway. The change allowed for part of the one-way strip to be used as a drop-off point for parents bringing their kids to school.