Construction on the Highway 12 and Highway 20 roundabout west of Bentley is planned for spring next year.
The $4 million project is expected to be tendered in March.
Alberta Transportation recently hosted an online forum where residents were able to submit feedback regarding the project. The website had 1,550 visits and received 26 questions and comments.
A roundabout was determined to be the best solution for the intersection following a 2019 engineering assessment and feasibility study but some residents voiced concerns about the rural location and speed of traffic on the road.
Wayne Wood, Communications Advisor with Alberta Transportation,says that similar roundabouts have been constructed at several other rural intersection locations throughout the province and are the best solution for both safety and traffic control.
“Roundabouts are a cost effective and safe alternative to stop signs or traffic lights. A properly designed roundabout can reduce crashes by 40 to 60 per cent. They also allow a free flow of traffic, which eases congestion and ensures quicker travel times,” says Wood.
Alberta Transportation also notes that existing and future traffic volumes are being taken into consideration for the roundabout design.
This section of Highway 12 and the north leg of Highway 20 has also been identified as a potential future high-load which means the proposed roundabout will be designed to accommodate oversized loads.
“A detailed traffic analysis was completed and found that the proposed roundabout provides ample capacity for the existing and future 20-year traffic projections.”
Alberta Transportation said there will be slight inconveniences to traffic in that area during construction but through combination of construction staging and an on-site detour will be used to accommodate traffic and reduce potential delays during construction.
Last week the construction of two similar roundabouts were completed. One located at Highway 2A and Township road 372 (Airport Drive) opened, as well as the Lantern Street East roundabout located in Gasoline Alley.