THUNDER BAY – The City of Thunder Bay held a second roundabout education session today to help get local drivers ready for the roundabout which is set to open on September 24.
“Today is our final education event we’re having today with the roundabout, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. today, just to kind of give one final shot for people to come learn how to drive, how to walk, how to cycle through the roundabout,” Matthew Miedema, Project Engineer, said,
“Give them kind of a feel while it’s still closed in a controlled environment, city staff can monitor, give tips, make sure people are doing the right manoeuvres and driving safely.”
The event was held at the site of the roundabout and attendees were able to view an educational video, after which they were directed through the roundabout.
“So tomorrow is opening day, we’ll have our education today and then we’re going to close it again at the end of the day just to make sure everything is safe for traffic, and first thing in the morning, we’ll have it open to traffic,” Miedema said,
“It is still a construction site, so I don’t expect it to be high volumes on Edward Street right away, which is good, it’ll be somewhat restricted, because construction is still progressing north from university up to William Street, so the local traffic in the area can have an opportunity to learn the roundabout and get used to it.”
With the construction of the roundabout complete, all that’s left to do is the planting of the vegetation and flowers around the intersection, the current plan is to plant native plants that fall into the teachings of each colour of the Medicine Wheel.
The new plants will be grown by the Thunder Bay conservatory and planted at the roundabout in the spring of 2022.