FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Prince George, B.C.- The single lane roundabout at the intersection of Foothills Boulevard and 18th Avenue is now complete and open to motorists. The project, which was delivered on time and under budget, was funded in part through City reserves, the Canada Community-Building Fund, and developer contribution.
At the August 16 meeting, Council approved a proposed change in scope for the project to add the grading and paving of the adjacent UNBC Connector Trail (Ginter’s Meadow) parking lot.
The proposal was brought forward as the report shows the roundabout project was set to come in under budget. The approved budget was for $1.6 million, with costs projected to be less than $1.4 million. A portion of the remaining $200,000 budget has now been used to cover the cost of the parking lot improvements.
Chris Vliegenthart, transportation services supervisor, said this roundabout will improve pedestrian and vehicle safety at this intersection.
“It should hopefully reduce the number of errant vehicles we see at this intersection during the winter months. It will also provide access for new and future development in the area.” he said.
The City urges anyone not familiar with using roundabouts to ensure they understand the road rules before driving in the area. Information about using roundabouts is available on the BC Government website.
The Canada Community-Building Fund is a permanent source of funding provided up front, twice-a-year, to provinces and territories, who in turn flow this funding to their municipalities to support local infrastructure priorities.
“The new traffic circle will help Prince George commuters reach their intended destinations safely and efficiently,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs.
“Through the Canada Community-Building Fund we’re supporting communities to develop in ways that make a difference to people’s every-day lives.”
Mayor Simon Yu said he appreciates the funding assistance from the Canada Community-Building Fund which allows projects like this to be completed without a need to increase taxes.
“Anytime the provincial government and the federal government choose to invest in our capital projects we are appreciative. We’re also glad we’ve been able to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians for the area,” he said.
Claire Thwaites, senior communications advisor