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Posted: January 15, 2019

DOI seeks grant for traffic circle

By Stephanie Stevens

The District of Invermere is applying for a grant from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program that, if awarded, could help cover the majority of the cost of a traffic circle at the intersection of 4th Street and 7th Avenue (pictured).

Chief Administrative Officer Chris Prosser explained to council at their regular meeting Jan. 8 that this is a new granting program and is one of the most generous he has seen.

If successful with the grant, the issues of long waits and potential traffic incidents (which have increased with more turning to the new Columbia Valley Centre) as well as traffic turning onto 7th from Panorama Drive, would be mitigated.

The circle would keep traffic flowing, Prosser explained, and would be able to accommodate the larger, heavier duty vehicles that also use the route.

The circle would also include cycling lanes.

Prosser said while the $3.5 million project would be “intrusive,” studies have shown that traffic circles, or roundabouts, create better traffic flow and decrease incidents of collisions.

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