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City Celebrates Opening Of First Roundabout

December 18, 2012

Today, Mayor Mark Gerretsen officially opens the City's first single-lane roundabout at the intersection of the recently-extended Centennial Drive and the newly-constructed Venture Drive. It is a feature of the 1.5km roadway construction project to service 75 acres of large, prime industrial lots for an expansion to the City's Business Park.

"It is exciting to see this project reaching completion," says Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario). "Our government is working with the people, businesses and communities of Southern Ontario to help our region prosper now and in the future."

"I would like to thank the Federal Government for their contribution to helping make this project a reality, said Mark Gerretsen, Mayor of Kingston. "Roundabouts keep traffic flowing and have been proven to reduce collisions and greenhouse gas emissions. We look forward to considering roundabouts when possible for future intersections like this one."

Roundabouts direct traffic counter-clockwise around a circular island at the centre of the intersection, reducing the need for motorists and cyclists to stop. Single-lane roundabouts are designed to ensure slow traffic speeds at their entry/exit points and are easy to use.

Approaching drivers and cyclists should:

  • Slow down as they approach the roundabout.
  • Yield to traffic circulating in the roundabout (stopping if necessary).
  • Follow the one-way counter-clockwise flow of traffic in the roundabout to proceed to their exit without stopping.

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can find out more about roundabouts, including a link to a Ministry of Transportation video that shows their use, at www.CityofKingston.ca/roundabout More than half of the funding for this industrial land development project - 57 per cent or $2.4 million of the total $4 million cost - came from the Government of Canada's Community Adjustment Fund. The remaining $1.8 million was funded through municipal development charges and the City's industrial land reserve fund.

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Media contact information:
Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, extension 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext 2300.