New roundabout will fix busy Charlottetown intersection

Dave Stewart
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A new roundabout will make this busy Charlottetown intersection safer for motorists.

Fixing one of the more confusing intersections in Charlottetown is top priority for public works this year.

A roundabout will soon connect Belvedere Avenue, Brackley Point Road and St. Peters Road, commonly referred to as the Vogue Optical intersection.

Whether motorists are actually driving on it sometime this year depends on when federal infrastructure money starts flowing down to municipalities from the Build Canada Fund.

"Right now, we are in final design, basically waiting for word from Build Canada when we can apply,'' said Coun. Terry Bernard, chairman of the city's public works committee. "That's our number one project, right now, through public works.''

The city still has one piece of property left to purchase before work starts, but that is expected to happen soon. Ongoing conversations have also been taking place with land owners who will be affected.

Bernard said the city believes the federal money will be moving fairly quickly, and if it does, the roundabout could be finished before the year is out. However, if it takes until mid-summer to go through the application and tender process, then construction of the actual roundabout could be pushed into 2017.

Bernard said the department would like to at least start work this year. That involves replacing water and sewer lines below the road surface, similar to what took place at the Mount Edward Road-Allen Street roundabout.

The city is also looking at changes to another confusing intersection where Longworth Avenue, Euston Street and Weymouth Street meet, also known as the Ken's Corner intersection.

Consultants will be looking at the intersection and coming up with a plan to redesign it.

Organizations: Build Canada Fund

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Belvedere Avenue, Brackley Point Road Peters Road Canada Mount Edward Road Allen Street Longworth Avenue Euston Street Weymouth Street

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Recent comments

  • not user friendly
    February 23, 2016 - 16:38

    The roundabout off Upton road is next impossible to cross if you walking or jogging no room for pedestrians all

  • This Person
    February 23, 2016 - 13:27

    I remember when round-a-bouts were being discussed this was the first one that was supposed to be built..

  • Stan Hope
    February 23, 2016 - 13:25


    February 23, 2016 - 13:05

    Progress comes in many forms tell the tourists that come to see the beautiful province of PEI that its a waste of taxpayers money I think they take some time to get used to but they are beneficial to keep everyone moving in a timely manner I am of the opinion that people have way to much time on there hands and would beek off about everything EMBRACE progress

  • Cromwell
    February 23, 2016 - 12:53

    Not sure PEI appears so fixated on installing roundabouts. In most cases, roundabouts are used in larger population areas, where traffic flow is both busy and sustained, and replace the use of traffic lights. At the proposed location, traffic lights are in place, although I am a loss to understand why the intersection is deemed 'confusing' - it is well signed. Perhaps the land that has to be purchased is currently owned by some well-connected businessman, and since it is highly likely that construction will be 'awarded' to one of the 'family' businesses, then all will be well. No cost estimate is provided, but given that some other minor roundabouts of note have cost cost $200,000 - $500,000, I would expect this project to be in excess of $1 million. Money well spent?

  • Sam
    February 23, 2016 - 10:56

    If that's the case and it's the same as Stanley bridge they are wasting there time and the tax payers money.....

  • don
    February 23, 2016 - 09:32

    look out the government is using the same style as they did in stanley bridge.............

    • t
      February 23, 2016 - 21:58

      why would you care don, you've made it quite clear many times you hate Charlottetown and avoid it as much as possible?