New roundabout for McClures Mills in ‘limbo'

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TRURO - A roundabout at the McClures Mills connector is still on the town's radar despite slow progress.

Truro Mayor Bill Mills said there are still some unanswered questions about when the rotary for the area will be constructed.

"Right now I'm not quite sure where (the project) is at. It was supposed to be for this fall ... but it's kind of in limbo," said Mills.

The mayor expects the topic will be discussed at today's Truro town council meeting, which will be the first official monthly gathering of the new council since last month's municipal election.

With half of council consisting of new members, Mills said, more discussion will take place about the roundabout that has been designed for in behind Lawtons Drug Store at the intersection of McClure's Mills and Lower Truro roads at a cost of about $250,000.

"Everything is up to the new council," said Mills, adding there are a few issues that need to be considered including the size of the project and land ownership.

In addition, said Mills, "there are a number of variables, including weather, and there are other projects the town is trying to finish up throughout the town."

Town officials had previously indicated construction of the rotary would get underway this past summer. The reasoning for the project included alleviation of traffic jams, especially with the opening of the new hospital and civic centre.

Organizations: Truro town council, Lawtons Drug Store

Geographic location: McClure

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  • Darrin
    November 05, 2012 - 20:02

    Oh, Roger! You silly goose. Weren't you paying attention to what Mayor Mills said? Everything is up to the new council. Now, that's the way to absolve yourself from any responsibility!! Atta boy, Mills! Spoken like a seasoned politician. And hey - if council can't solve your roundabout or flooding issues, you can always turn to God!

  • Anonymous
    November 05, 2012 - 19:45

    I feel that some traffic lights would be more effective then a roundabout, many drivers are distracted way too easily and they are in too much of a hurry that a roundabout would cause confusion, as well something needs to be done for people coming off the highway by the civic centre and new hospital because many fail to yield to the oncoming traffic and I am surprised that there is not more accidents, not to mention that the speed limit is 50 all along there and most are going at least 80.

  • ScottRAB
    November 05, 2012 - 17:54

    If you want to see the difference between a traffic circle, a rotary (UK roundabout) and a modern roundabout, search www.k-state.edu to see pictures. The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhHzly_6lWM ). All intersections are designed for a specific largest typical vehicle, called the ‘design vehicle’. Roads within a half or full mile of an interstate that collect or distribute traffic are required to accommodate a WB-67. That’s the mom and pop trucker pulling a 67 ft trailer. Modern roundabouts are designed for trucks by including the center flat area around the circle. It’s not a sidewalk, it’s called a truck apron, and it’s for trucks to begin a sharp right or end a left or U-turn on. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsCoI7lERGE Or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nVzsC2fOQw for examples.

  • amy
    November 05, 2012 - 16:59

    A roundabout in Masstown would be most excellent. I am unsure as to whether Lower Truro Rd and McClures Mills Rd is the spot for one but I would love to see one at Willow & Arthur & Kaulback - especially now that that old house has been torn down. Traffic lights suck but roundabouts rock!

  • Roger
    November 05, 2012 - 13:49

    Fantastic. Four more years of indecision. Am I one of the few that thinks a rotary at that intersection is a bad idea? When traffic gets backed up from people heading to Willow Street (at certain times of the day) the rotary will be useless and blocked. Add the increased traffic from the new civic center and the hospital and you will have chaos. It seems the crux of the problem is people coming down Lower Truro Road wanting to make a left hand turn. Why does the town of Truro prevent motorists from making left hand turns on Park Street and right turns on Lorne Street at certain times of the day but won't consider this an option for Lower Truro Road? Now I'm sure many people who frequently make a left hand turn coming down Lower Truro Rd may complain. A suggestion I have is to connect Wynn Rd to Wade Rd somehow. This will allow people a small detour to their destination and it will be much safer. Speaking of roundabouts, is the roundabout that was supposed to built on Robie Street in limbo too?? It was supposed to have been completed by now. Not that I'm complaining since it is a terrible idea. There ISN'T enough room there to make the circle big enough to accommodate the long tractor trailers that use it every day. In my opinion there is one place where a roundabout makes perfect sense, and that is out by Masstown Market. I am in awe that people can get into an accident when there is two stop signs and lots of visibility to see the traffic that doesn't have to stop. A roundabout would require all traffic to slow down and yield to those who are on the roundabout, and in times with no traffic a motorist would only need to slow down and not fully stop. There is more than enough space to build one.

    • Glen
      November 05, 2012 - 17:44

      A roundabout in this location is as silly as the one in Milford, give your head a shake Roger!