UPDATED: Roundabout announced for airport

Dave Stewart
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Charlottetown is getting another roundabout in 2013.

The provincial government held a press conference this morning where it announced a roundabout will be constructed at the entrance to the Charlottetown Airport, which is the intersection of Brackley Point Road and Sherwood Road.

The $1.5 million cost will be split among three partners — the provincial government, City of Charlottetown and Charlottetown Airport. Each is expected to contribute $500,000.

The city moved a step closer to putting in a roundabout at the Brackley Point Road-Sherwood Road intersection earlier this month when council voted 7-3 in favour of moving to the design phase.

City taxpayers will pay CBCL Ltd. $25,000 to redesign the intersection.

Up until now, it appeared that there wouldn’t be any more roundabouts in Charlottetown until the federal government announces the next infrastructure fund agreement, which is expected to happen in time for the 2014 construction season.

The city has identified two intersections it wants to rework into roundabouts — the one at the airport and the so-called Vogue Optical intersection.

Today’s announcement is not expected to affect the city’s intentions to proceed with the intersection at Vogue Optical but that project will likely have to wait until 2014 when more federal money starts to roll out.

The airport roundabout is ranked below the one at Vogue Optical in terms of priorities for the city but, in this case, the money became available for the airport project first.

The airport roundabout is pegged at $1.5 million, split among the province, city and airport. The Vogue Optical intersection, fed by five separate streets, will cost $2.5 million.

Engineers had a look at the airport intersection for the city and determined that a roundabout was possible.





Organizations: Charlottetown Airport, CBCL

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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Recent comments

  • JR
    November 29, 2012 - 08:13

    Good laugh, Billy from Fort A. Your humour was lost on some.

  • Scott
    November 29, 2012 - 07:14

    They really need to take a look at the so called "Ken's Corner". This is an accident waiting to happen. Not sure a traffic circle would fit here, but they need to figure something out.

  • SG
    November 28, 2012 - 20:39

    To Billy from Fort A - (I for one don't think there should be an roundabouts at airports. The planes wont have room to get up to take-off speed.) Where do you live? You apparently don't know the area very well or realize where the Roundabout is going to be.

  • SG
    November 28, 2012 - 20:33

    The Airport Intersection is not a priority!!! Try crossing the Brackley Point Rd. from the Sherwood Rd. with the number of Transport Trucks whizzing along the Brackley Point Rd both ways ! I had several close calls there. I witnessed two accidents. This Intersection is MUCH MORE dangerous than the Vogue Optical intersection. I have never had a problem at that intersection and I don't See a Need for a Roundabout there. The Airport Intersection is a Fatality waiting to happen. It's just a matter of time. The Roundabout is DEFINITELY needed at the Airport Intersection and the sooner the better!

  • Billy from Fort A.
    November 28, 2012 - 19:03

    I for one don't think there should be an roundabouts at airports. The planes wont have room to get up to take-off speed.

  • LM
    November 28, 2012 - 16:49

    FINALLY! Clearly the people who don't think this is a necessary addition are not at the Airport very often. There have been so many accidents at this intersection and it's nearly impossible to turn left coming out of the airport (which many new visitors to our province need to do). Welcome to PEI! Get t-boned! I've often had to turn right after sitting there for upwards of ten minutes, drive up the road and turn around in a driveway. A four way stop or traffic lights would just back traffic up through the bypass intersection. I don't know why so many people on this site think they're engineers or experts on traffic and roundabouts. Wonderful news!

    • Frankie
      November 29, 2012 - 09:05

      I must be the only lucky Islander driving the roads! I take the airport intersection twice 5 days a week, going to and from work. About 8am in the morning and a little after 4pm in the afternoon. Never saw an accident, never have to wait more than a few seconds to turn down Sherwood Road in the afternoon. I've been travelling this way for 6 years now. I travel this way to avoid the lights on the by-pass and route 2. Not that I think a round-a-bout will slow down my transit to work but it's just a big waste of money. I'd like to see the stats on accidents at this intersection and the police reports on them. Why was there accidents? Is it speed coming from Brackley? People not stopping at the stop signs?

  • Wayne
    November 28, 2012 - 14:40

    Good spot for one.

  • Buddy
    November 28, 2012 - 13:40

    As a person who travels past the airport everyday, this is great news. There seems to be an accident there every week. Glad they annouced this before there were any major accidents there. GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike
    November 28, 2012 - 12:46

    For people who do not think its a issue try going out that way around 5pm. Traffic coming off Sherwood road onto Brackly point is lined up down the hill. And people coming out of town the line is long it takes awhile. The Vogue intersection can wait its not overly dangerous as the Airport entrance and at least there is lights down there. Give you head a shake to say its not important is just crazy.

  • Didnotwait
    November 28, 2012 - 12:32

    Glad to see that all did not wait for a fatal accident before they acted.This is a good news story.I commend the airport for seeing the necessity,Good job all.

  • use sense or go on CWD show
    November 28, 2012 - 12:20

    One of the easiest places to navigate. Look both ways, proceed. We arent Halifax, Montreal or a place thats hard to get in and out of the airport for pitys sake. Wasted money.

    • Been around
      November 29, 2012 - 07:04

      The difference? In a bigger city they would implement an over/underpass with ramps or at least censored lights and more lanes. That is why we get a roundabout. Navigation is not the issue. You fail to see the issue. Backed up traffic due to people unable to make left turns is the issue. I've been to Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary. Getting around helps observe a lot of different traffic scenarios. The fact of the matter is, it doesn't even have to be in a city to warrant a roundabout. Alberta is implementing them in the middle of nowhere.

  • don
    November 28, 2012 - 12:02

    what idiot wants another round about? why not use that money towards your crap dumping into the harbor ? but i guess there is more kick back from the round about's.

  • Tax Payer
    November 28, 2012 - 11:52

    I use the Vogue Optical intersection twice a day. Doesn't bother me one bit. How many major accidents have occured there in the last 10 years? Let's see sme stats. Goody goody, lets all pay the liberal backed construction firms a million or two more than it should cost. The average Islander has no idea how to properly pass through a roundabout anyway. a stream of cars on each others bumpers isn't how it is designed to work!

    • nitpicker
      November 28, 2012 - 15:48

      But its the city building it, not the Liberals. And the frequency of major accidents does not mean its a good intersection. In fact, its a badly designed intersection. And as someone who drives through the roundabouts at least 4 times per day every day, I have been pleasantly surprised to find the majority of drivers handle them appropriately. I say a roundabout here can't come fast enough.

    • jeremy
      November 28, 2012 - 17:03

      I remember when that intersection (true Sherwood residents call it the Thruway Muffler intersection BTW) used to be just stop signs. That was back when Sherwood was just a village in the 1970s and provincial transportation was responsible for our roads. Then the traffic increased so they put in those wonky traffic lights which take FOREVER to get through. The Vogue Optical building is actually an old farm house that has been extensively renovated (in case you can't tell). I think a roundabout would be an excellent upgrade to this very poorly designed intersection. And plowing down the Vogue building would be a good start.

  • common sense
    November 28, 2012 - 11:52

    Excellent idea.......round abouts work.............

  • Frankie
    November 28, 2012 - 10:35

    The only problem with the airport intersection is the speed of the traffic coming into town. Save the $1.5 million, hire a city cop to site at the end of the grave yard and ticket all the speeders, heck the money the city makes on the fines will pay the cops salary I'm sure.

    • O.M.G...you didn't....
      November 28, 2012 - 16:31

      Islanders solution to everything. Throw a cop there lol. If this happened every time I've heard it suggested, half the population would have to be cops at every intersection and every mile of highway. It's about maintaining a steady flow of traffic in all directions and nobody has to wait for a light. I've seen multiple times where traffic has been backed up to the gate/parking area at the airport because during rush hour people have to wait 5 minutes to make a left. This is one of the few (probably only) roundabout that actually make sense.

  • lauren manera
    November 28, 2012 - 09:47

    A traffic light would be less expensive. And a 4-way stop sign would be even more so. Why does the government seem to choose the most expensive option, i.e. Plan B, when a less expensive and still very effective option is available? With a 2-gate airport, the traffic situation can hardly be considered a problem.

  • Marie
    November 28, 2012 - 09:35

    For 25 cents, I can draw a circle with four exit points and for 30 cents, I'll throw in the fifth exit for Vogue corner. For that matter, any kindergarten class can do this for free. How different can a circle be that you have to pay CBCL $25,000. every time they draw one??? And an extra one MILLION for the extra offshoot at Vogue!?!? Designing circles must be REALLY hard work.

    • Anna MacDonald
      November 29, 2012 - 07:10

      I totally agree with Marie. Why are roundabouts so expensive? It's only pavement in a different configuration than laid straight. The one at the O'Leary Corner is a dream to navigate. It can be copied so explain why it has to cost so much.

  • Mary Scale
    November 28, 2012 - 09:05

    Long overdue. that intersection is dangerous trying to get in & out of airport.should have been there years ago.

  • tear down vogue optical
    November 28, 2012 - 08:50

    The airport intersection is not a priority. It's only a problem for the 50 or so cars every few hours when a plane lands and they try to turn left or cross Brackley Point Rd. However, the Vogue Optical intersection is a problem for thousands of motorists every day. And that Vogue Optical building is right in the way. Expropriate it, pay a fair price for the building, and tear it down. And put in a proper roundabout there to eliminate the idiotic 1920's era traffic lights at that intersection.