MORRISBURG — Local dignitaries officially turned the sod on the $4.9-million Morrisburg roundabout — construction of which is already well underway.
The roundabout and its associated streetscaping components are intended to ease traffic congestion at the South Dundas junction of County roads 31 and 2, while improving aesthetics at the busy intersection.
Coco Paving, which has offices in Morrisburg, was selected as contractor and began work nearly a month ago. The builders say the project should wrap before year’s end.
The project is jointly funded by the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry ($1.9 million), the Municipality of South Dundas ($400,000), as well as the federal ($1.5 million) and provincial ($1.1 million) governments through the
Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).
“This project illustrates the great things government can accomplish when everyone is working together,” said SDG Warden Allan Armstrong. “The Counties, by way of its sizeable investment, understands how improvements to traffic hubs can benefit the motoring public, as well as nearby businesses and property owners.”
“The Morrisburg roundabout and streetscape design is a big but important change for South Dundas. One that will contribute to our local economy and the accessibility of our community,” said South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds. “The plan makes it safer and easier for pedestrians, while also encouraging traffic to stop in and support the local economy. We’re excited to see the results of this investment.”
Local MP Eric Duncan said that local residents and tourists like “are going to be very impressed by what they see.
“We are always advocating to ensure our riding receives its fair share of infrastructure dollars and this project is a great example of those efforts.”
Local MPP Jim McDonell said the roundabout will create a safe, steady flow of traffic that will benefit residents and visitors who travel this important artery daily.”