An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Archive for the ‘Roadways’ Category

New Roundabout at Homer Watson and Blockline, Kitchener

New roundabout at Homer Watson Blvd and Block Line Rd Kitchener

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.

Written by Ruth

May 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Posted in Roadways

Tagged with ,