7:30 a.m., Jan. 24)
City bows to public pressure, removes two
roundabouts from Trim Road realignment plan
By Fred Sherwin
in Cardinal Creek are celebrating after the city shelved
plans to build two controversial roundabouts that were
part of the Trim Road realignment project.
city had proposed to build five roundabouts along Trim
Road at Taylor Creek Road, St. Joseph Blvd., Portobello
Blvd., Frank Kenny Road and Innes Road. But after a loud
public outcry from upset residents, the city has decided
to eliminate the two proposed roundabouts at Portobello
and the future Frank Kenny extension.
they will build two signalized intersectios to make it
easier for local residents to cross Trim.
Cardinal Creek Community Association and the Portobell
Community Association both strongly objected to the roundabouts,
claiming people's lives would be at risk if they were
built without a signalized crossing.
proposed adding a two signalized pedestrian crossings
to the plans, one at each location, but the city determined
they would create more problems than they would solve,
So rather than add to signalized crossing to the projct
they simply replaced the roundabouts altogether, much
to the relied of locl residents.
Ward Coun. Stephen Blais supported the change of heart
saying that it addressed the very real concers of the
a community on the east side of Trim Road, which is on
the edge of the urban boundary and the houses within that
community are essentially landlocked. So all of the services,
whether it's commercial businesses, schools etc., are
on the west side of Trim. People need to walk to them,
or use their car to get to them," explains Blais.
intersection at Trim and the future Frank Kenny extension
is also near a park. In fact, the east access point to
the intersection runs directly into a proposed parking
lot. The Cardinal Creek Community Association felt that
a roundabout would seriously jeopardize the safety of
pedestrians and cyclists trying to get to the park from
the west side of Trim.
decision to go with signalized intersections instead of
roundabouts at the two locations should not hold up the
project in anyway. The city plans to submit an appendum
to the Environmental Assessment for the project by the
end of the month. Once the appendum is approved, work
story was made possible thanks to the
generous support of our local
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