By Dan Rankin
Though the construction of a new roundabout on Highway #7 at its intersection with Perth Line 20 is only in its early phases, Perth South Council is already less than impressed with a few of the details they feel were left out of the planning process. Among concerns they agreed to highlight in a letter during their meeting on Tuesday were the lack of a designated detour route for Perth Line 20 traffic, and insufficient or poorly placed signage.
“If you’re coming out of Stratford, the sign that says ‘No Access to Perth Line 20’ is literally sitting at the corner of Perth Line 26,” said Deputy Mayor Jim Aitcheson, who led the meeting Tuesday in place of Mayor Robert Wilhem who was on vacation. “There isn’t a prayer that a vehicle is going to get turned and avoid this. There’s not even a warning sign further back. It’s right at the corner, and it’s actually in your view if you want to turn left off of Perth Line 26.”
On Tuesday morning, Perth County emergency management coordinator Dave Colvin sent out notice that Line 20 at #7 Highway was closed in both directions. “Motorists should use an alternate route,” he wrote. “At the current time, emergency vehicles do have access through Line 20. Emergency services should be aware of these potential delays/blockages and survey the area on a regular basis for access.”
In a report to Council, director of public works Ken Bettles explained that the roundabout construction is scheduled in three phases. The first phase, taking place right now, leaves Highway #7 open to through traffic. Phase 2, scheduled to last 28 days from Oct. 5 – Nov. 3 will involve closing Highway #7 at that intersection. Phase 3 will involve surface asphalt paving in either Spring 2017 or Fall 2016, weather permitting. It will require a further closure of #7 for five days, Bettles wrote.
Cox Construction is contractor on the project, while LEA Consulting are the contract administrators, and Parson Engineering completed the design and EA study.