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RIVERVIEW, N.B. -- Exiting the Gunningsville Bridge on the Riverview side can sometimes be a daunting task, police...


RIVERVIEW, N.B. — Exiting the Gunningsville Bridge on the Riverview side can sometimes be a daunting task, police admit, however when drivers are exiting the bridge they always have the right of way.

Too often drivers exit the bridge and stop for traffic making its way on Coverdale Road.

“This is how this intersection should work,” says traffic expert, Sgt. Blake O’Leary of the Codiac RCMP, “There are four lanes to the west of the intersection and three lanes to the east of the intersection,” he reminds drivers.

As you approach the intersection eastbound on Coverdale Road you have a curb lane with a yield sign and markings on the road surface indicating you have to yield to the traffic coming off the bridge and turning left towards Hillsborough Rd., O’Leary says.

You have a centre lane with a flashing red light, which is the same as a stop sign, and markings on the road indicating that you have to stop before entering the intersection. Yield to the vehicles coming off the bridge and turning left onto the Hillsborough Road, and also yield to any traffic that is proceeding west from Hillsborough Road to Coverdale Road before turning left onto the Gunningsville Bridge.

O’Leary notes there’s a westbound curb lane for vehicles coming off the bridge and turning right to go west on Coverdale Road. There is also a westbound centre lane for vehicles going straight from Hillsborough Road through the intersection and yielding to the bridge traffic turning left onto Hillsborough Road and then proceeding west on Coverdale Road.

As drivers approach the Gunningsville Bridge from the east on Hillsborough Road, they have a curb lane which is the entrance ramp onto Gunningsville Bridge. There is a yield sign there for the driver to yield to a vehicle which has already entered the intersection turning onto the Gunningsville Bridge.

There is also a centre lane with a flashing red light, which is the same as a stop sign, and markings on the road indicating motorists have to stop before entering the intersection and yield to the vehicle coming off the bridge and turning left onto Hillsborough Road.


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