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Safety the goal of concert traffic changes, Moncton, N.B.


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Map of concert site

After 1:00 p.m., one way traffic on Front Mountain Road from Gorge Road west to Route 126

Front Mountain Road and Gorge Road are tow away zones

At 10:00 p.m. Mountain Road is closed to northbound traffic at Casino Drive

At 10:00 p.m. Gorge Road is closed at King's Bridge Street north to Front Mountain Road

Park 'n' Ride pick-up zone at entrance to Magnetic Hill

Passenger drop-off zone on Magic Mountain Road near concert box office

Charter bus parking in the Magic Mountain parking lot

Codiac Regional RCMP is implementing new traffic changes for those going to and leaving the concerts this summer at Magnetic Hill. The changes will be in effect for the first concert scheduled on July 7, 2012.

The goal is to improve the safety and security of both pedestrians and motorists, while at the same time allowing for continuous traffic flow around the concert site.

The biggest change is a change to the traffic flow on Front Mountain Road from two way traffic to one way. Starting at 1:00 p.m. on July 7, 2012 vehicles will only be permitted to travel in a westerly direction from Gorge Road to Route 126. This will create more space for pedestrians to walk, as the shoulders along the road are narrow and the ditches are deep in some areas. This still permits residents and their visitors to travel.

Motorists travelling from out of town on the TransCanada Highway and planning to use parking lots on Mountain Road are advised to use exit 452 at the Gorge Road.

"The biggest traffic issues are always at the end of the concert when tens of thousands of people, travelling on foot, by car, by bicycle and by bus all want to leave the Magnetic Hill area at the same time" says Cpl. Mike Gaudet, Special Events coordinator with Codiac Regional RCMP. "We are implementing changes that we hope will allow for better flow of vehicles and pedestrians. The goal is to prevent anyone from being injured."

Starting at 10:00 p.m. motorists will be prohibited from travelling northbound on Mountain Road from the intersection of Casino Drive to the Magnetic Hill entrance. Traffic will also be blocked from heading north on Gorge Road at the intersection with King's Bridge Street. The objective is to allow as much room as possible for cars, buses and pedestrians to the leave the concert.

"Because of the road closures we suggest people plan ahead and find convenient locations to pick up people after the concert." adds Cpl. Gaudet. "People need to be patient, as it takes time for tens of thousands of people to make their way home safely." 

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Cpl. Mike Gaudet
Codiac Regional RCMP

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