Upton Road roundabout opens

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Mark Sherren, left, regional engineer, Transportation Minister Robert Vessey and Matthew Fortier, engineering technical officer, look over the new roundabout at the Upton Road in Charlottetown.

The new roundabout at Upton Road in Charlottetown has opened.

Construction began in the spring on the $1.3-million roundabout, which was constructed to keep the traffic flow moving for the roughly 13,000 drivers go through the intersection every day.

This is the sixth roundabout for the capital area in the last four years, with the others located on Riverside Drive (2), Belvedere Avenue, Allen Street and at the Charlottetown Airport. 

Organizations: Charlottetown Airport

Geographic location: Upton Road, Charlottetown, Belvedere Avenue Allen Street

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  • Fed up
    July 25, 2014 - 07:55

    We could hire a few doctors with that 1.3 million....or at the very least....someone on PEI that reads an MRI!?!? Strange how PEI roundabouts cost way more than other provinces....wonder why?

  • wallace
    July 25, 2014 - 07:38

    Oh, will you look at the "hands-on Minister", all decked out in gear, ---- just got off the 'big machine eh? How about finishing the wash board at New Haven, called plan B???

  • ralph
    July 25, 2014 - 07:34

    To "love them", - colored concrete would not do, as the large number of City Workers needed and recycled for max. E.U. is what is keeping Clifford in the Mayor's seat, - and to hell with the cost. There is no end to the tax burden City dwellers are asked to bear.

  • Waiting for the 'seal coat'
    July 24, 2014 - 23:01

    This is from an April issue in the guardian, where is our final coat? LOL final Joke we tax payers are The new $16 million highway opened last fall. Steven Yeo, the province's chief engineer, said when construction is done late in the season there are often what he called "frost differentials'' or heaving. Yeo said he expected it, pointing out that the worst sections were near New Haven and Bonshaw. Roads typically rise about three inches in the winter when they freeze. Vessey said Tuesday that the moisture didn't have time to dry and settle. "The sub-grade materials (gravel or shale) that went down (were exposed) to high moisture and when you get high moisture and the frost hits it freezes and it heaves. Once we put the seal coat down we don't expect any problems.'' Vessey said similar problems have plagued a lot of secondary roads, as well as the collectors and streets in Charlottetown. Watts said the highway isn't nearly as bumpy now as it was. "Just this past weekend I had an occasion to travel it again and it was much better. It will dry out. It's just a glitch that's going to be looked after.'' Seal coats provide a waterproof surface and prevent moisture from entering and weakening the roadbed. It is also supposed to reduce deterioration and cracking. Seal coats tend to last three to five years. dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

  • daniel
    July 24, 2014 - 15:34

    im still waiting for one to be put in at northridge and st peters road behind kfc, thats a deadly intersection

  • Donnie
    July 24, 2014 - 13:01

    Maybe you could have finished the bypass if you hadn't wasted the money on "Plan B" and now another useless project in Tryon? Nice to finally admit it's never going to be finished and graft a roundabout on the end of it though.....

  • Love them
    July 24, 2014 - 11:52

    Love it! I really like the roundabouts they are the best! If we could only get one at the most needed intersection on PEI St.Peters Rd/Beleveder Ave traffic would run so much easier into the city. I would also recommend colored concrete instead of all the flowers and grass, to much upkeep, colored concrete and maybe a tree dead center is all thats needed!

    • Fed up
      July 25, 2014 - 07:49

      I agree. Roundabout by UPEI entrance this morning had TEN people tending flowers....including two holding "Slow" signs....four City vehicles parked....imagine what that flower bed costs to plant...and an ARMY of people to look after it!!