The City of Charlottetown wishes to thank the public for their role in the successful start of the "Queens Arms" intersection project (intersection of Capital Drive, North River Road and Malpeque Road).
A full closure of the intersection began on September 18 and is expected to be in place for approximately two weeks as a major storm channel is installed on a diagonal through the intersection via a 40-ft trench.
Though the project is having a significant impact on many, the initial days of the closure have gone without any major incidents.
Businesses in the area of the intersection have remained open and local traffic has been permitted through to those businesses. The continued patience shown by these businesses and their clients is appreciated as this necessary work is completed.
Traffic, during the first few days of the project, has flowed relatively well. The detour routes are being utilized. There is normally queuing traffic at many intersections during morning and evening peak periods, and this project has compounded that on streets around the construction area. To help reduce delays, changes have been made to normal traffic signal timings in order to clear most lineups with each cycle.
Drivers on detour routes are reminded that those streets are seeing heavier than normal traffic and courtesy is appreciated for those trying to enter or exit at non-signalized intersections and driveways.
As for sidewalks around the construction site, the contractor had hoped to keep some pedestrian access open. Now that major excavation is underway, there will be no pedestrian access through the intersection due to safety concerns. It is anticipated that there will not be pedestrian access at the intersection until the project is nearing completion.
For more information about the project, visit: www.charlottetown.ca
A trench has been dug across the end of North River Road for electrical work on traffic signals at the intersection. In the centre of the intersection, is two, large hy-macs (hydraulic machines) preparing to dig the main trench, which is expected to begin today (Wednesday). Day 1 of the project included milling asphalt on the whole intersection and the approaches, removing the traffic signals and other infrastructure and marking existing underground services in the area. The project is expected to wrap up within two weeks.
City of Charlottetown