It’s only been open for a week or so, but some farmers and truckers have already made up their minds, saying the access roads to the new Balgonie overpass are much to narrow.
The NDP is also calling it a waste of two-billion dollars saying it leaves farmers out of the picture.
However the province in an email says “We are aware of some concerns with tires getting scuffed on curbs (which can be easily fixed by slightly modifying the curbs at the narrowest points to make it easier large vehicles to drive on the curbs)
“Roundabouts are designed to accommodate larger vehicles by allowing them to drive on the curbs. This is a design feature common to roundabouts used across North America.”
The access lanes are just under five meters wide.
David Stearns with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure says it is built to fit five axle semi’s, B-trains which are two trailer trucks and much larger trucks than those two.
Stearns says drivers need to become accustomed to the new lanes and follow the signs.