The 67 Street/Johnstone Drive roundabout will fully open later this week.
“This is great news for the 67 Street/Johnstone Drive corridor,” said Niki Burkinshaw. “As one of the main entrances to our city, it is one of the busiest intersections and this roundabout will help to improve traffic flow and safety.”
Work began on the intersection improvement project in May 2016, and included the construction of a two-lane roundabout at 67 Street and Johnstone Drive and a single lane roundabout at Orr Drive and 66 Street.
A first of its kind in Central Alberta, the road surface for the roundabout at 67 Street and Johnstone Drive is built out of concrete.
“The decision to build the roundabout with concrete was made for several reasons,” said Burkinshaw. “Like all projects, we went through a competitive procurement process and in this case, the cost, longevity and performance of concrete over asphalt came out ahead.”
While the roundabout will be fully open, there’s still some work that will continue over the next month that may require short term lane closures. This project was planned to be done over two years and work will resume next spring to complete road construction on 67 Street, as well as trails and landscaping. As a result, the area will remain a construction site throughout the winter with a posted speed limit at 30 km/h.
Drivers should follow these basic steps for navigating two-land roundabouts:
- Slow down and pick your lane.
- As you approach, signal like you would at a regular intersection: signal left if you’re turning left, signal right if you’re turning right.
- Always yield to pedestrians at the crosswalks, whether flashing crosswalk lights are activated or not.
- Look left and yield to both lanes of traffic in the roundabout; only stop if necessary.
- Stay in your lane until your exit; lane changes are not required in roundabouts.
- Signal right as you approach your exit and yield to pedestrians.
Pedestrians are reminded to cross at the designated crosswalks, never through the middle of the roundabout. The 67 Street/Johnstone roundabout has Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons at the pedestrian crosswalks, but they won’t initially be activated. When crossing, ensure drivers see you, and only cross when traffic has stopped.
For more information about using roundabouts, please visit www.roundabout.how.
For more information, please contact:
Acting Engineering Services Manager
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer