City Seeks Input into Feasibility of Constructing a Roundabout on Route 8 near College Hill Road

The City of Fredericton is seeking input from residents on plans for a potential Roundabout on Route 8 near College Hill Road, unveiled at a meeting of the City’s Transportation Committee today. The roundabout would enable a direct connection between College Hill Road, Route 7 and Route 8, including the Dr Everett Chalmers Hospital and the Universities.

Residents of the College Hill / Southwood Park / Skyline Acres area of the city are invited to a meeting Wednesday, February 20th at the Liverpool Street School, 50 Liverpool Street, from 6:00-7:30pm to discuss the plans and feasibility study in detail.

Residents unable to attend the meeting are invited to view the plans and submit their feedback by completing an online survey on the City’s website at www.fredericton.ca/activetransportation.

A recently unveiled mock-up of a possible roundabout in the area shows how it could potentially:

  • Improve connections between Route 7, Route 8 and College Hill (including Universities and Hospital).
  • Improve trail connection to Skyline Acres through Reading Park; College Hill and University campuses; to Hospital; and the Uptown District.

“This roundabout could completely transform how motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians access the College Hill / University area of the City,” said Coun. Kevin Darrah, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee. “We’re looking forward to exploring the project’s potential.”

The feasibility study for the College Hill Roundabout was made possible by a funding grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) 2018 Municipalities for Climate Change Fund.  It is one of three projects being explored with the FCM funding, all three of which were identified as major transportation gaps as part of the Active Transportation Connection Plan completed in 2016.

Public input will form the basis of further discussions around a future plan and its development.

The survey for the College Hill Roundabout will be available for viewing and discussion on the city’s website until March 15, 2019. Residents have until then to submit their comments online, or by contacting Service Fredericton at 506-460-2020 or service@fredericton.ca.