With the Region set to build a roundabout at the intersection of regional roads 23 and 12 this spring, members of council have raised some concerns regarding detours and traffic safety that could arise.
The project came up for discussion at Monday’s (Jan. 14) public works and facilities committee meeting, with Regional Councillor Ted Smith noting that a roundabout is a “step in the right direction.”
“It’s been a dangerous intersection for a long time,” he said.
The intersection is currently controlled by stop signs for vehicles traveling east into Wilfrid and west into Pefferlaw (via York Regional Road 21) but will be converted to a single-lane roundabout.
The roundabout will include re-alignment of all four approaches to the intersection, illumination, concrete curb and gutter, median islands and central island landscaping.
“We know construction is going to cause some grief,” said Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden.
A staged closure of Lake Ridge Road at the intersection will be required. The north and south approaches of Lake Ridge Road will be closed one at a time for approximately four months.
“During these road closures residents will be able to utilize local roads around the intersection, while the through traffic will be diverted through signed detour routes on adjacent regional roads and provincial highways. The staged closures will expedite the construction schedule, maintain a safe work zone for the workers and protect the safety of road users,” the notice reads.
While the formal detours may be on regional roads and provincial highways, members of council and township staff acknowledged that local roads will be impacted as well.
“We’ll deal with those concerns at the regional level,” CAO/Clerk Thom Gettinby said, noting that the Region might provide funding to help offset the Township’s increased maintenance costs.
“If it’s becoming an issue maintenance-wise, we will certainly have those conversations with regional staff.”
Coun. Smith said he expects Brock Road to bear much of the burden in terms of traffic.
“There’s not a lot of good alternatives,” he said.
Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer also noted that traffic safety could be an issue in the surrounding area.
“People will do what they can to make up for any lost time caused by the detour.”
Construction for this project is scheduled to start in the spring with completion in the fall.
“As these dates are subject to change, a second notice will be issued to confirm the construction start date, road closures and to provide contact information for Regional representatives,” the notice reads.
“The Region realizes that the work will be disruptive and will make every effort to complete the work as quickly as possible.”