Roundabout Now Open

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Peterborough, ON - The City of Peterborough’s first major roundabout has officially opened at the intersection of Parkhill Road West, Brealey Drive and Ackison Road in the northwest corner of the City with the reopening of Parkhill Road West between Ravenwood Drive and Brealey Drive. 

Ontario has seen an increase in the use of roundabout intersections since the early 2000s. 

Roundabouts can manage higher volumes of traffic by making turns for vehicles more efficient compared to traffic lights at intersections; they improve safety by reducing traffic speeds and eliminating left turns across traffic; and they improve air quality by removing the need for vehicles to stop and idle at traffic lights. 

“This is an exciting milestone in the completion of the Parkhill Road West reconstruction project,” said Councillor Don Vassiliadis, Transportation Portfolio Co-Chair and Monaghan Ward Councillor. “We’re making investments in the City’s transportation infrastructure to move our community safely, sustainably, and reliably.” 

“I’m pleased to see Parkhill reopen with our first major roundabout, which will smooth traffic flow at a former dangerous intersection moving drivers safely and helping to reduce greenhouse gases,” said Councillor Henry Clarke, Monaghan Ward Councillor. “I’m looking forward to seeing the final touches to wrap up the entire Parkhill Road reconstruction project in the spring.”  

To help pedestrians, cyclists and motorists who are using roundabouts, the City has provided some helpful tips and guidance at peterborough.ca/roads

Please take the time to review the rules for using roundabouts, said Kevin Jones, Manager of Transportation with the City of Peterborough. 

“There are many safety benefits with roundabout designs,” he said. “In addition to lowering the speed of vehicles entering the intersection, they also reduce the number of vehicle and pedestrian conflicts compared to signalized intersections.” 

The roundabout is part of the Parkhill Road West reconstruction project between Wallis Drive and the west City limit. The project is expected to be completed in the spring with remaining landscaping work and other final details. 

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For additional information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636