By Jerry Laird
Jan. 15, 2015
Every day 80-year-old John Kelly pushes his cart through the Vogue Optical intersection on his way to the Charlottetown mall.
The city hopes funding will be in place to begin work for a roundabout at the intersection this fall, but Kelly said it won’t make any difference to him whether it goes in or not.
Kelly said it’s not safe for a pedestrian now and it won’t be when they build the roundabout either.
“I just put my hand out and go.”
Aaron Jarvis has worked at the Esso station near the intersection for nearly 11 years.
He said he doesn’t recall a serious accident at the intersection.
The biggest problem is people waiting at the red light who get on the phone and don’t notice the light change.
“There are more accidents in front of the Tim Hortons.”
Charlottetown city council moved to proceed with applications for funding of a roundabout at the St. Peters Road / Brackley Point Road / Belvedere Avenue intersection (Vogue Optical Corner) at the regular monthly meeting Jan. 12. The vote was 9 – 0. Coun. Bob Doran was absent.
The estimated cost is $3 million – $4 million. It will be the biggest (22 metres) and most expensive roundabout project to date.
There is also more overhead and underground work to be done than the others.
The cost of the project will be shared equally between the federal, provincial and municipal governments.
The city will draw its share through the City Capital Budget and apply to the New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund for the provincial and federal portions.
If all goes well the project will begin in the fall 2015.