Highway 138 and Headline Road roundabout design underway

A diagram from the 2016 study of Highway 138 by Stantec Consulting shows the proposed roundabout at Highway 138 and Headline Road. The SD&G Police Services Board heard Thursday, June 10, 2021 that the MTO has put the project out for design work and building could start as early as spring 2022. (Highway138Study.ca via Newswatch Group)

ST. ANDREWS WEST – A roundabout at the intersection of Highway 138 and Headline Road could be built as early as next spring as part of improvements to the Highway 138 corridor.

The Ministry of Transportation has already started design of the roundabout, SD&G CAO Tim Simpson told the SD&G Police Services Board Thursday (June 10).

The roundabout was considered an intersection alternative in the 2016 study by Stantec Consulting for improvements to Highway 138 between Highway 401 and Highway 417.

“They’ve (MTO) engaged a consultant to do the design for the roundabout at (Highway) 138, County Road 44 and Headline Road so that work is underway to do the design,” he said.

The project still has to go through an environmental assessment (EA) this year which would include public open houses.

“I don’t know what their timeline is specifically but my hope is they’re able to finalize that design this year and hopefully the province puts some money in their budget for next year to do the construction or at least the following year,” Simpson said.

But the chief administrative officer says it’s been a struggle to get the province on board.

Simpson says they have “pleaded” with Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney two times “to work with us to do something at that intersection. I’m hopeful that it’s moving along quickly. As everybody on this call knows, that’s not a good spot.”