Saanich may look at turning the five-way intersection of Interurban Road, Wilkinson Road and Hastings Street into a roundabout. Travis Paterson/News Staff

Saanich may look at turning the five-way intersection of Interurban Road, Wilkinson Road and Hastings Street into a roundabout. Travis Paterson/News Staff

LETTER: Roundabout would work well on Wilkinson

Re: the article in the May 30 Saanich News, "Saanich may consider roundabout solution" for the Interurban and Wilkinson Road five-way intersection. The best way to rally the troops against this proposal is to liken it to the McTavish Road three circles roundabout. There are a number like that in the UK and they work really well at huge interchanges, including many times larger than McTavish Road ... if you follow the rules.

Re: the article in the May 30 Saanich News, “Saanich may consider roundabout solution” for the Interurban and Wilkinson Road five-way intersection. The best way to rally the troops against this proposal is to liken it to the McTavish Road three circles roundabout. There are a number like that in the UK and they work really well at huge interchanges, including many times larger than McTavish Road … if you follow the rules.

What the public would need to know in considering their response to an Interurban/Wilkinson Road roundabout is that only one, broad, two-lane roundabout is required, and these work really well and can handle high-volume vehicular traffic, including large transports and buses, in a smooth and efficient matter.

Once everyone stopped cursing it, the two-lane Evans Road and Yale Road roundabout in Chilliwack, in a busy light industrial area, convenient to two shopping malls and expanding residential areas, including an on- and off-ramp to Highway 1, works really well and has done for some years.

Anything, almost, would be better than the five-way gridlock that currently jams what is actually a major, though underserved intersection. I look forward to the upgrade.

Elaine Anderson

Victoria

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