A roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Squire Drive and the Gondola Point Arterial in 2020.
Premier Blaine Higgs, who is the MLA for Quispamsis, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Oliver and Deputy Mayor Libby O’Hara made the announcement today.
“This intersection has been a safety concern in the community for a long time,” said Premier Higgs. “The area has grown over the years and traffic has increased as a result. This roundabout is going to greatly improve safety. I’m pleased to work with the community on its priorities.”
The project is estimated to cost $1 million. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will fund up to a maximum of $650,000. The Town of Quispamsis will fund the remaining 35 per cent. It will also prepare the design and tender, and carry out construction coordination and supervision of the project.
“This is exciting news,” said Deputy Mayor O’Hara. “Council has been working on a solution for this intersection for many years. It has been a source of frustration and concern for the residents of that area. Safety is our top priority, and we are pleased the provincial government is partnering with us on this project.”
Although traffic signals were considered, provincial and municipal engineering staff agreed the preferred method for traffic control at the intersection was the construction of a roundabout. It provides long-term sustainability, the reduction of approach speeds and the reduction of high-impact collisions.