SOUTH STORMONT — County Rd. 2 traffic will flow through the first of three planned roundabouts next year, starting in Iroquois. Two additional locations in Long Sault are also envisioned in a design plan approved by Stormont Dundas and Glengarry (SDG) Counties Council July 18.
At a cost of just over $205,000 plus HST, the politicians commissioned Robinson Consultants to design three roundabouts in both Seaway communities — at the troublesome intersection of County Rd. 1 in Iroquois and at the Moulinette Rd. and Mille Roches Rd. intersections in Long Sault.
A public meeting is planned for September in Iroquois, according to SDG Counties Engineer Ben de Haan.
Counties Council has been circling the roundabout issue for a while, compelled by the aging state of County Rd. 2’s unique four-lane section in front of Long Sault. In April, Robinson Consultants responded to an earlier Request for Proposals and quoted just over $161,000 for the design of a single roundabout at Moulinette Rd. — currently served by traffic lights — as well as the reconfiguration of County Rd. 2 from four to two lanes.
But the Counties rebooted the process in May when the owner of the Long Sault Marina property proposed a condo development off the Mille Roches intersection, now marked by stop signs half a kilometre to the east. The potential new traffic pressure at that spot was “good motivation” to reissue the RFP and include both Long Sault intersections as well as the Iroquois site, de Haan told Nation Valley News.
Because the roundabouts in Long Sault are contingent on the accompanying multi-million-dollar revamp of County Rd. 2 through that village — which in turn is subject to a funding application to the senior levels of government — the Iroquois roundabout is likely to be first. Currently marked by a two-way stop, the intersection of County Rd. 1 and 2 at Iroquois has seen multiple collisions over the years.
Assuming Counties Council accepts the consultant’s design, SDG’s first roundabout must still go to tender and return with a price tag acceptable to Counties Council’s. However, “money is sitting aside in reserves” for an Iroquois roundabout, the engineer observed.