Construction of a roundabout in Bridlewood is set to begin this summer to help alleviate congestion during the morning and afternoon rush hours.
City council approved a funding agreement with developer Urbandale on Feb. 22, where the company will front the $1.2 million for the construction of the new intersection. The city will pay back the amount, interest free, over the next two-to-three years, said Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley.
“The congestion should be greatly reduced,” he said.
The roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Bridgestone, Steeple Chase and Stonehaven drives.
“I think most people see it as a good thing,” said Hubley.
He said the new intersection will greatly reduce speeding, as well as make it easier for children to cross the street.
“With the roundabout nobody will be going more than the posted speed limit. Nobody can speed coming out of the roundabout,” said Hubley.
The crosswalks will be set more than a car-length back from the entrance to the intersection. He said pedestrians will only have to worry about vehicles coming from one direction as they cross.
“(People’s) ability to move around the neighbourhood will be greatly improved,” said Hubley.
He said he and his staff will be reaching out to area schools to discuss safety when crossing a roundabout.
The roundabout was originally in the transportation master plan for 2015, but Hubley said he wanted to begin construction this year at the same time as the Stonehaven Drive widening project between Eagleson Road and Bridlewood Drive.
“We’ll already be doing other work on Stonehaven,” he said. “Now it’s one year of inconvenience for residents instead of multiple years.”