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Letter: Duncan doesn’t need roundabout

I urge council to review its roadway and traffic priorities

Duncan doesn’t need roundabout

Dear mayor and council:

The last thing North Cowichan and Duncan needs is another roundabout, particularly since many drivers simply do not know how to safely use roundabouts by signalling and yielding to other motorists.

Just because a federal grant is available for this project does not mean council must apply for it.

Details of this questionable project appear in the June 30, 2022 Citizen newspaper.

The cost of this proposed roundabout is a whopping $2.3 million in taxpayer money.

The city’s public works director, Brian Murphy, recommends council spend $447,000 — plus cost overruns — toward utilities’ upgrades and roadwork.

Wouldn’t those scarce taxpayer bucks be better spent on repaving the busy, dangerous, potholed stretch of roadway between Boundary Street and Cowichan Way?

I urge council to review its roadway and traffic priorities before building yet another risky, unnecessary roundabout.

Yours in health & safety,

Peter W. Rusland

North Cowichan

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