LONG SAULT – A decision on endorsing the replacement of a set of traffic lights at Moulinette Road and County Road 2 with a roundabout won’t happen for another two weeks.
South Stormont councillors were scheduled to hear from county engineer Ben de Haan last night (Wednesday) on the traffic reconfiguration.
A report to council shows the plan for the roundabout is only in its early stages – the middle of a phase two of a five phase environmental assessment.
Since it was first proposed, a number of changes have been made, including an access lane for the Long Sault Plaza, access to the Lion Motel and two lanes northbound on Moulinette Road with a left-turn lane for the Tim Hortons/McEwan gas station.
While not on the table at this time, the long range plan is to add a second roundabout at Mille Roches Road (County Road 36) and County Road 2.
A county report states the roundabouts will be able to handle transports with 53 foot trailers, especially when being used as an Emergency Detour Route (EDR) from Highway 401.
A final decision on the initial roundabout from South Stormont won’t happen until Nov. 10. The vote is just an endorsement that would be included in the county plan.
Some municipal officials, like South Stormont Deputy Mayor Tammy Hart, reportedly have mixed feelings about the roundabout after hearing from constituents.
Since the traffic plan involves a county road, the final decision would rest with the county council.