Road rehabilitation work now underway near James Mowat Elementary will not include construction of a roundabout.
 
The City of Fort Saskatchewan looked into building a roundabout at 82 St and 96 Ave but decided to go another route after residents voted down the idea.
 
The roundabout was just one traffic calming measure proposed for the busy area. Grant Schaffer, the city’s director of project management, said the circular road design was considered for a few reasons, including its shorter pedestrian crossing distances and potential to reduce serious collisions.
 
“If there was an accident it would be more of a sideswipe rather than any kind of right angle collision,” he said.
 
As part of its usual public engagement policy, the city consulted with residents of the affected streets for their opinions on the roundabout plan and other ways to stop drivers from speeding through the James Mowat school zone.
 
“We didn't get the support in the neighbourhood to go ahead with that kind of device in that location,” Schaffer said. 
 
The city opted for other traffic calming measures instead, including some curb bump-outs at 82 St to give people on foot a shorter trek across the road. Crews are also currently working to replace the road's base structure, gutters and asphalt. The work should wrap up in August before the first day of school.

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