Milton is Getting Another Roundabout

A new roundabout is being installed in Milton this spring.

That means a road closure will be taking place next month.

The roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Louis St. Laurent Ave. and Yates Dr.

In order to expedite this work, Yates Dr. will be closed from April 20 until May 18 between Louis St. Laurent Ave. and Kelman Court (south intersection).

Screenshot: milton.ca

Traffic will be detoured via Hepburn Rd. and Vickerman Way, according to town staff.

The project is with Bot Construction.

Halton Region opened its first dual-lane roundabout, at Tremaine Rd. (Regional Road 22) and Main St. in Milton in Nov. 2011.

There are at least five roundabouts in Halton Region:

  • Tenth Line at 10 Sideroad - Georgetown.
  • Tremaine Rd. at Main St. - Milton.
  • Tremaine Rd. at Steeles Ave. - Milton.
  • Tremaine Rd. at Britannia Rd. - Milton.
  • Tremaine Rd. at Louis St .Laurent Ave. - Milton

TIPS FOR PEDESTRIANS

  • Pay attention. Think. Be prepared to make decisions.
  • Step up to the curb and point your finger across the crosswalk to say to drivers that you intend to cross. Keep pointing until you reach the far side of the road.
  • Keep watching all the way across. As you cross a multi-lane roundabout, watch for a driver coming in the next lane. Make sure that the driver sees you.
  • Look and listen for a safe gap in the traffic flow before crossing. Do not start to cross if a vehicle is so close that the driver can not safely yield the crosswalk to you, or if a driver shows by the way that they are driving that they do not intend to stop for you.
  • Use the sidewalks and crosswalks around the outside of the roundabout. Do not cut across the centre island.
  • Use the splitter island, which is similar to a median. This will let you cross one direction of traffic at a time. Wait on the splitter island if needed.

TIPS FOR CYCLISTS

A cyclist has a few choices at a roundabout, which may depend on your degree of comfort riding in traffic.

For experienced cyclists: Ride as if you were driving a car; merge into the travel lane before the bike lane or shoulder ends; ride in the middle of your lane — don’t hug the curb; watch out for drivers’ blind spots.

Less experienced cyclists can dismount and walk the bicycle.

Do you know how to use a roundabout?

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