You can expect traffic delays along County Road 28 to Port Hope this spring and summer, because ROUNDABOUT.
Construction on the area’s first roundabout starts this week, closing Wallace Point Road from Hutchison Drive east to Frenchman’s Creek Road. County Road 28 will stay open, but there will be traffic tie-ups and detours in place. It all starts Thursday.
Maybe you’re asking yourself, why the hell do we need a roundabout? How does it benefit ME?
Well, I’ll tell you.
Roundabouts actually have a lot of great benefits — to your car, and the environment!
First, what is it?
Roundabouts are a type of intersection at which all traffic circulates in a counterclockwise direction, to the right of a central island.
- Improved safety – Reducing the number of vehicular conflict points and reducing vehicular speeds, in turn, reduces the potential for severe crashes and serious injury.
- Reduced speeds – A reduction in speed is necessary to negotiate the roundabout, whereas vehicles may not slow down during the green phase of a traffic signal.
- Increased capacity – A high volume of left turning vehicles is better handled by a roundabout than a multi-phased traffic signal.
- Fewer stops and reduced delays – Delay is significantly reduced by yielding at the entry of a roundabout, rather than stopping and waiting for a green light at a signalized intersection; or waiting for a gap in the traffic at a stop sign.
- Less idling and air pollution – Reduced delays mean reduced fuel consumption and improved air quality by reducing emissions.
- Reduced maintenance costs – The roundabout eliminates maintenance and electricity costs associated with traffic signals.
- Aesthetically pleasing – There is an opportunity for landscaping within the central island.
- Slow down as you approach the roundabout.Choose the correct entry lane.
- Watch for pedestrians crossing the roadway when approaching or exiting a roundabout.
- Traffic in the roundabout has the right-of-way.
- Give large vehicles extra space to manoeuvre.
- Avoid passing other vehicles in the roundabout.
- Signal your exit.