Victoria Circle Improvement Project: A Renewed Water System, A Safer Transportation Flow

City Engineers have provided an update on the Victoria Circle construction project, a major infrastructure renewal and road improvement project that will result in the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of King Street, Brunswick Street, Point Sainte Anne Boulevard, and Smythe Street.  Work on the project is expected to begin later this month. 

From an infrastructure perspective, water main pipes from the nearby Bill Barrett Water Treatment Plant, are buried under the intersection of Woodstock Road and Smythe Street. These pipes, which date from the 1930’s and 1950’s and supply drinking water to the city, need to be replaced.

As part of the renewal, several distribution pipes will be combined into one in some areas of the intersection. While drinking water will continue to flow safely to homes and businesses, roughly 900 meters of old underground piping will be eliminated and replaced with roughly 450 meters of new piping, reducing the need for long-term maintenance and freeing up water & sewer maintenance funds for other projects.

In addition to the water mains, sanitary sewer and storm sewer mains will also be renewed in the area.

From a transportation perspective, replacing the intersection with a roundabout after the pipes have been replaced makes sense from a operations and safety perspective. Roundabouts eliminate many types of serious accidents, move traffic and pedestrians more efficiently, and reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions due to the more continuous flow of traffic.

Residents interested in learning more about the Victoria Circle Roundabout are invited to a public education session on Thursday, May 23 at the Capital Winter Club, 232 Rookwood Avenue from 6 – 8pm.  City staff will be on hand to answer questions from the public in a breakout session style format.

The meeting format will allow residents to seek information related to the project that most closely impacts them. Subject matter experts will discuss details related to infrastructure renewal; traffic flow and roundabout navigation; improved pedestrian crossings and safety; and the history of the project related to the City Centre Plan.

When the project is finished, motorists can expect considerably improved wait times during peak traffic hours and pedestrians will encounter safer, shorter and more convenient crossing distances. Finally, the new Victoria Circle Roundabout will create a modern gateway to the downtown core.

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