By Nicholas Kevlahan
Published June 21, 2012
I just read this article in today's Spectator on a planned upgrade to Peters Corners at Highway 5 and 8:
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is constructing a roundabout at the intersection of highways 5 and 8, and Regional Road 52 in Flamborough - a junction that's frequently the site of vehicle collisions.
The province committed $5.7 million to the project, which will replace the existing traffic lights at the two highways with the roundabout, realign the roads that approach the circle and make upgrades to the illumination, signage and drainage in the area, said MTO spokesperson Astrid Poei.
Apparently, spending $5.7 million to convert one rural intersection to a roundabout, which benefits only motorists, is prudent use of taxpayer money, but the much smaller amounts spent to convert entire city streets to two-way traffic or to widen sidewalks is a waste of money.
The problem is that most people are unaware of how expensive highway construction is [PDF] - about $30 million per km for the 401, and apparently $168 million per km for the Windsor Essex Parkway.