Drivers will have to maneuver a new intersection next summer.
 
The City of Fort Saskatchewan is constructing their first ever round-a-bout on 94th Street.
 
On Tuesday (Nov.28), council was given a report on the Southfort Transportation Master Plan, outlining the benefits of the intersection.
 
"We wanted to bring it back to council just to touch base with them to make sure that everyone knew this was coming and that there were no issues with it," said Grant Schaffer, director of Project Management with the city.
 
The three main reasons for the round-a-bout recommendation are:
- Round-a-bouts can accommodate about 30 per cent more traffic than a 4-way stop and are not a traffic disruption (like traffic lights in off-peak times).
- Round-a-bouts act as traffic calming. Reduced speeds at round-a-bouts make traffic and pedestrian crossings safer.
- A round-a-bout has eight pedestrian and vehicle conflict points, which are merging conflicts. A traditional intersection has more than triple, which could more commonly result in a t-bone collision.
 
The first round-a-bout is expected to start next summer when the road is built from 94th Street to SouthPointe School.
 

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