A new roundabout is slated to replace a problematic intersection in Grand River.
The new road feature will replace a wide-angle turn that intersects with Route 12, Route 131 and the unpaved Old Grand River Road. The tender is scheduled to be issued this week.
Stephen Yeo, the province’s chief engineer, said the primary motivator behind this project is making the area safer. As it stands, there are only yield signs in place to control the flow of relatively high-speed traffic.
“There’s a lot of near misses and squealing tires that we want to get rid of,” said Yeo.
He added that fixing this section of road is not as simple as replacing the yield signs with stop signs. Rather, it is the road itself that is the problem.
“This will fix every direction because it will slow all the vehicles down."
The project is expected to cost about $500,000. When exactly construction will start will be up to the winning bidder, though it probably won’t be until later in the construction season.
The design of the roundabout will be the same one the province has used in other rural parts of the province. It will have a raised central circle but won’t include outside curbing to allow for the passage of farm machinery.
A public meeting to discuss the roundabout project is planned for March 20 at the Tyne Valley Fire Hall starting at 7 p.m.