Posts Tagged ‘roads’
The number of roundabouts in Waterloo Region is increasing steadily. They are beneficial when traffic is light but can be challenging to maneuver when traffic is heavy, particularly in one direction. I tried to drive from Conestogo to St. Jacobs on the day of the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival and had a difficult time entering the roundabout at Highway 85 and Sawmill Rd. We drove down Ira Needles Blvd. from Erb St. to Trussler Rd. on Saturday at midday and the roundabouts were very busy. Visibility was hindered by raised centre soil berms and most drivers did not use signals. I tried to use a cross walk at the roundabout at Fountain St. and Blair Rd. on one occasion. Several cars did not stop and the one that did was nearly rear-ended. I did not see a single pedestrian using a roundabout on Ira Needles Blvd. this weekend.
The roundabout at Homer Watson and Blockline will have heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Time will tell if it is more safe and efficient than the current intersection.
I came out of the Real Canadian Superstore at Highland Rd. W. and Fischer-Hallman Rd. in Kitchener on Sunday at dusk and took this picture from the driveway. We enjoy some spectacular sunsets on clear evenings.
It usually take me about 15 minutes to get home from work. Westmount Road has been closed near Ottawa Street for the last two days making the traffic on Homer Watson Blvd and Fischer Hallman Road exceptionally heavy at 5 PM. I had lots of time to take this picture through the windshield during a “triple-time” drive home.
This is one of the nicest entries into the City of Kitchener. The Freeport Bridge spans the Grand River and Freeport Health Centre, part of Grand River Hospital, stands on the hill above the river. I took this picture from Canoeing the Grand which was featured in yesterday’s post. The picture in the October 19, 2010 post was taken below the same bridge.