Construction on roundabout at Vogue Optical intersection set to begin

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A rendering of the planned roundabout to replace the intersection by Vogue Optical and the Esso on Belvedere Avenue in Charlottetown. (City of Charlottetown - image credit)
A rendering of the planned roundabout to replace the intersection by Vogue Optical and the Esso on Belvedere Avenue in Charlottetown. (City of Charlottetown - image credit)

Construction on a roundabout at the intersection of Belvedere Avenue, St. Peters Road and Brackley Point Road in Charlottetown aims to be completed by the fall.

Constructing a roundabout at the Vogue Optical intersection, as it's commonly referred to, has been discussed for more than a decade.

Coun. Terry MacLeod said the final piece of the puzzle is finally in place — the city purchased land which is part of the nearby gas station owned by Cape D'or Holdings for $340,000.

"By the end of the summer we hope to have it started, and be completed in the fall," MacLeod said.

There will be dedicated bike lanes leading up to the roundabout, according to the city, but no bike lanes in the roundabout itself.

Tony Davis/CBC
Tony Davis/CBC

Isaac Williams with Bike Friendly Communities and an avid cyclist says the current intersection isn't safe for cyclists — and neither are the other roundabouts in the city.

"I've experienced most of the roundabouts in town and it can be nerve-racking even for an experienced cyclist to manage your way through that because you have to act like a car."

Tony Davis/CBC
Tony Davis/CBC

Williams points to the roundabout on Belvedere Avenue near UPEI, where cyclists are forced merge into traffic because the bike lane simply disappears.

The requests for proposals on the project close on Friday. MacLeod estimates the project will cost around five or six million dollars.

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