Iroquois roundabout wins design award

The $1.2-million Iroquois roundabout.

SDG — A design award has rolled in for the very first roundabout constructed in the United Counties of SDG.

Robinson Consultants Inc. collected the Award of Excellence April 21 from the Consulting Engineers of Ontario.

Accepting the award from the Consulting Engineers of Ontario are (from left) Evonne Delegarde (SDG Acting Warden/ Mayor, South Dundas), Robert Cotnam P.Eng. (Robinson Consultants Inc, Project Manager), and Benjamin de Haan P.Eng, (SDG, Director of Transportation and Planning).

The award is annually presented to the most outstanding project designed by a consulting engineering firm with up to 50 employees.

Located at the intersection of County Roads 1 and 2, the Iroquois roundabout proved to a particular challenge to design because of the alignment of the existing roads, grade changes, utility conflicts, and high volume of commercial truck traffic.

By including features such as a unique landscaping plan, external truck aprons, widened entry lanes, and high efficiency lighting, the recognized firm ultimately created an attractive, functional, efficient and safe way to travel through this intersection, says the upper-tier municipal government in a press release announcing the win.

The roundabout was built by Willis Kerr Contracting in 2017 at a cost of approximately $1.2-million. Since being opened to the public, no vehicular collisions have been reported at the intersection previously notorious for car crashes.

“The County is very proud to own and operate this roundabout.  Put simply, this award demonstrates that SDG’s roundabout in Iroquois is one of the best in Ontario,” declared Benjamin de Haan, SDG’s Director of Transportation and Planning.

“Our project team worked hard to deliver an award-winning design for the Counties.  Robinson appreciates being recognized for the effort,” said Robinson Consultants Inc.’s Project Manager, engineer Robert Cotnam.

“Although there was some concern at the outset of the project, the residents of South Dundas are quite pleased with the finished product,” noted South Dundas Mayor Evonne Delegarde, current Acting Warden for the United Counties of SDG.  “The roundabout is an attractive gateway feature into our community. Robinson Consultants is well deserving of the Award of Excellence.”

The Iroquois intersection of County roads 2 and 1, prior to construction.

The completed roundabout.

Below: A drive through the Iroquois roundabout, heading south, and up to the Iroquois Locks.

 

 

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