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End in sight for Donnay Drive roundabout
The new roundabout at the entrance to the Properties in Maple Bay is open after a slightly longer construction period frustrated residents.
John Mackay, North Cowichan’s director of engineering and operations, said Wednesday the intersection was likely to be open to traffic again by Thursday, but by Friday, for sure. The detour route annoyed residents of the area.
“The detour route is a bit longer,’’ Mackay said in comparison with other roundabouts that have been constructed.
It seems the signs erected at the site before construction began caused some confusion. Residents thought the /13 meant July 13 completion after the advertised July 2 start-up, but Mackay said it meant 2013. It was obviously impossible to finish any roundabout in 10 days.
“Generally, it takes us five weeks to build a roundabout,’’ he said.
“This one’s taken us three extra weeks. We had some problems getting the rock out of there. It took two weeks of blasting to get the rock out.’’
This is the 14th roundabout now for North Cowichan.
“All of them have been on schedule except for this one,’’ said Mackay.
“We knew we had rock. We didn’t think it was going to take that long and a gas main had to be lowered in rock.’’
Advertisements in the newspaper preceding the project actually indicated the intersection would be closed from July 2 to Aug. 16.
Mackay indicated the /13 for the year on signs will probably be eliminated since people seem to keep mistaking it for the date.