Two-thirds support Highway 5 roundabout

There was a lot of opposition voiced to a proposed roundabout on Highway 5 during two recent open houses, Mayor John Harwood reported

  • Mar. 26, 2012 4:00 p.m.

There was a lot of opposition voiced to a proposed roundabout on Highway 5 during two recent open houses on the topic, Mayor John Harwood reported during last Tuesday’s town council meeting.

However, comments collected during the meeting showed 67 percent of those attending were in favor of the concept.

Councilor Barry Banford said the number of people who attended the two events, which were held Mar. 7 at Clearwater Secondary School, impressed him.

Ken Kjenstad and Jon Kreke reported that people from the District had met with representatives from Jim’s Food Market about the roundabout proposal. Those from Jim’s would prefer to have a stoplight and not a roundabout, they said, and would like to see more public input into any decision on the corner.

The roundabout is still an unfunded project, meaning no money has been budgeted for it. If it does go ahead, it would be a provincial responsibility, as the municipality is not responsible for through highways.

 

The provincial government does, however, like to get local feedback. The open houses were hosted by District of Clearwater with staff from Highways participating.