Editor: Around we go again. The government has just announced another roundabout to be built. This time it‚Äôs at the intersection of the bypass road and Upton Road. I don‚Äôt dispute the efficiency of traffic flow in a roundabout, although they seem to bring out the worst in our many rude drivers as they speed in to cut off the other guy.
What concerns me is the money the Ghiz government throws into these projects. The Guardian article says they have budgeted $1.3 million for this one. It‚Äôs not a very bright idea to divulge that number before you go to tender. Other jurisdictions seem to be able to do it for a lot less money. Washington State‚Äôs Department of Transportation says they build two-lane roundabouts for $330,000. A single lane (like the one we‚Äôre getting) should be less than that.
Closer to home, Fredericton, New Brunswick‚Äôs engineer says their roundabouts cost about $250,000 to build. He also says they are more costly to build than lighted intersections. So why does it cost us so much more to build one? Ghiz and his pals keep saying how poor we are, how much debt we have. Would it help not to tell the road construction companies how much he has to spend before tenders go out?
Or would that not help the political patronage that still thrives on our gentle island. Mr. Premier? Your public awaits an answer.