Charlottetown to buy land for next roundabout

Dave Stewart
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The Vogue Optical intersection is the City of Charlottetown's next destination for a roundabout.

City budgeted $175,000 to buy land and pay for engineering for Vogue Optical intersection

Charlottetown’s public works department is taking the next step towards building the city’s next roundabout.

City council recently unanimously (9-0) passed its annual budget, setting aside money to buy land in the former neighbourhood of Sherwood.

The city has been talking for a couple of years about putting a roundabout at the so-called Vogue Optical intersection where three different streets intersect in a rotary-like design.

The city has budgeted $175,000 this year to buy one more piece of land and pay for the engineering design.

“When that’s completed this year we’ll have the final design and all our land purchased and we’ll be ready to go to tender,’’ said Coun. Terry Bernard, chairman of public works.

“We just need the Build Canada Fund to come on stream which they’ve announced now will be available.’’

The Build Canada Fund is the federal government’s infrastructure program which is set to dole out $210 million this year and next across Canada.

Bernard said the intention is to begin construction of the roundabout in 2015.

If that project goes ahead, it will be the capital city’s fourth roundabout — one at Belvedere Avenue and UPEI, on Mount Edward Road and one at the Charlottetown Airport entrance. There are three other roundabouts in the capital — two on Riverside Drive and one is coming for Upton Road and the Charlottetown bypass highway but those are provincial roads.

Organizations: Build Canada Fund

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Belvedere Avenue, Mount Edward Road Riverside Drive Upton Road

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  • Stan Hope
    April 10, 2014 - 20:26

    Re: Rylan "these dumb roundabouts" ... if certain Island drivers had just one clue as to how a stop sign works or what a red , green or yellow light is for or how to use a merge lane or what 60 & 90 kmh means, then we wouldn't need all "these dumb roundabouts. As far as the fair rides ... learn how to properly handle a roundabout & have at er!

  • TaxPayersmoneyintoThewind
    April 10, 2014 - 17:55

    Another tax payers death trap... The money would be a lot better spent on the Health and Education Systems on the Island, but of course that wouldn't put enough "more" money into those who will be making a profit from this charade.

  • Common sense driver
    April 10, 2014 - 15:45

    I can't wait to see the traffic lined up at St Peters and the bypass and Belevedere and Mt Edward intersections. The traffic is already lined up now what's gonna happen when there's a constant flow of cars being thrown at them? If you can't navigate this intersection you've got problems, don't waste money on another pointless roundabout because people can't wait 30 seconds for a green light.

  • Engine Ear
    April 10, 2014 - 14:38

    @don engineering design fees cost money. An architect/engineer will draw up plans and stamp their name on it, leaving them responsible if for whatever reason it fails, or causes injury/death. This is more so the case in bridge design, but it's the same idea. What smells here are the comments that lack any knowledge whatsoever of the background of the story.

  • City Traveller
    April 10, 2014 - 12:21

    HURRY - HURRY - HURRY - HURRY. Is that enough HURRYS?

  • still baffled in east roaylty
    April 10, 2014 - 11:29

    when is the intersection from Northridge pkw and St. Peters Road being looked at you almost need a traffic cop to get out of there in the mornings to get to work on time that is where this round about should be going !!!

  • Rylan
    April 10, 2014 - 10:28

    I don't know what's worse, the old home week fair rides or having to drive around all these dumb roundabouts. all for the sake of having to wait a whole minute at a set of lights (defiantly can't be the amount of accidents at these roundabout locations), seems like such a waste of money. I'd put my money towards the Charlottetown water and sewer problem before pissing it away on more foolish roundabouts if I were them. Priorities people.....

    • nitpicker
      April 10, 2014 - 15:55

      OHW rides & roundabouts. That's a really weird comparison. Anyway, your point would be more valid if they were choosing roundabout funding INSTEAD of water & sewer improvements. Obviously that isn't so. Its not so much about saving someone a minute, its about smooth safe traffic flow.

  • don
    April 10, 2014 - 09:56

    must be a hell of a big piece of land and the design. sounds like someone is going to make a big chunk of money for land why does the guardian not try to find out what the land is costing and the designer. some thing smells here.

    • LA
      April 10, 2014 - 11:10

      Make sure you make a huge complaint for no reason and ridiculously baseless accusations that you aren't qualified to make. Oh, I see you've already done that. How predictable. You must be a very miserable human being.

    • yepper
      April 10, 2014 - 14:05

      Stop the project. If you can't use this intersection, hand back your license.

    • Scott
      April 10, 2014 - 14:36

      Don, once again you spout your negativity. Yours is the only comment thats is negative in this piece of news. In case you werent aware ( and living in moms basement I can see how you wouldnt be) land in the city at an intersection would be at a premium price, and, engineers and design are not cheap. Perhaps you'll think things through from now on before you beak off showing what you dont know.

  • Lisa McKenna
    April 10, 2014 - 08:57

    It's about time! This area should have been the first to get a roundabout.

  • Amanda
    April 10, 2014 - 08:18

    Good news!! I dread using those traffic lights! Bring on the roundabout!

  • Ken peters
    April 10, 2014 - 08:13

    About time. This has to be one of the worst traffic creations in the city

  • Finally!!!!!
    April 10, 2014 - 07:54

    Thank you!! finally doing something with that intersection. How about Ken's Corner??? I hope it gets a round a bout before the city gets a law suit.

    • huh
      April 10, 2014 - 12:01

      lawsuit for what? That intersection is not overly efficient, but neither is it complicated.