Work About to Begin on Terrace Roundabout

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Work is about to begin on the new roundabout, which will replace the four-way stop at the intersection of Highways 16 and 37 at Thornhill.

Transportation Ministry District Manager Dan Baker says once it's done, the roundabout should improve traffic flow and safety -- and they don't anticipate any issues with larger vehicles using it.

"The roundabout is designed to handle all legal sized trucks and we also ran the model with some extraordinary loads, oversize trucks, to go through there and in every case, they managed to negotiate it without any issue at all. There will be what is called a tracking mat in the middle where trucks making wide turns, so that the wheels will probably track onto that mat but that's part of the design of the roundabout," he says.

The total cost of the project is $9.3 million, with the province picking up $7.6-million of that, and the federal government covering the remaining $1.7-million.

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Federal Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne says the project will reduce the risk of collisions and ensure people and goods can travel safely to and from the communities of northwest B-C.

The project is expected to be completed by this fall.

The province says during the construction period, drivers should expect "minor delays" and are reminded to slow down and use caution when travelling through the work area.   

[Reported by Hillary Johnson]