NORTH GRENVILLE – When designed and used properly, roundabouts are designed to improve the flow of traffic and make intersections safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
There are a number of roundabouts in North Grenville, particularly along County Road 43. With the upcoming expansion of County Road 43, additional roundabouts will be built in the coming years. Existing roundabouts will also be re-designed and upgraded to improve safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, and there will be safe crossings for pedestrians.
New Roundabout in 2023
This year, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville will be building a new roundabout at the intersection of County Road 43 and 22 (South Gower Drive). The roundabout will slow traffic and make the intersection safer. The tender has already been awarded and construction is expected to begin this spring.
“This intersection has been discussed extensively at Counties Council, and I’ve been advocating for improved safety measures since 2018,” highlighted Mayor Nancy Peckford.
“After public consultation and input from engineering experts who advised Counties staff, I am pleased that the roundabout at CR 43 and 22 was recently approved by Counties Council, along with the reduced speed limit, these two measures will significantly improve road safety,” added Mayor Peckford.
“Roundabouts reduce collisions by 71 percent, compared to a 44 percent reduction with traffic lights. They are a safe and effective way to move a high volume of cars through an intersection, with minimal stopping and idling, and most importantly, a lower chance of accidents,” emphasized Deputy Mayor John Barclay and Chair of the North Grenville Police Services Board.”
Key tips when approaching and using a roundabout:
- Slow down and yield to drivers already in the roundabout;
- Enter when there is a safe gap in the traffic;
- Indicate a right turn as you approach your exit;
- Stay in your lane and don't pass large vehicles;
- Do not stop inside the roundabout (except to avoid a collision);
- Remember to always watch for and yield to pedestrians.
Led by the North Grenville Police Services Board, the Road Safety public awareness campaign aims to promote safe driving behaviours and make roads in North Grenville safer for all users.
For more information on Road Safety in North Grenville visit: www.northgrenville.ca/roadsafety.
For more information, please contact:
Jill Sturdy, Corporate Media Relations Officer
Municipality of North Grenville
613-258-9569 ext. 168