Transportation and Works
Service NL
August 1, 2016

Public Advisory: Ruth Avenue Interchange Roundabout Set to Open

A roundabout being constructed at the Ruth Avenue interchange in Mount Pearl by Cougar Engineering and Construction, on behalf of the project developer DewCor, is nearing completion. The roundabout is intended to ease traffic flow in and out of the new Galway development. Final inspection will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, August 2) and the roundabout will be open to traffic on Wednesday, August 3.

Roundabouts are a circular intersection without stop signs or electronic signals. Traffic flows counter-clockwise around a central island. They are effective in reducing vehicle speeds through an intersection, which improves safety for all road users. The following rules should be applied as motorists navigate a roundabout:

  • Approach: Traffic in the roundabout has the right-of-way. You must wait for a safe gap in traffic before you enter the roundabout.
  • Enter: Reduce your speed when approaching the roundabout and watch for pedestrians and cyclists. Safely enter the roundabout when a space in traffic allows. On multi-lane roundabouts, the lane you use to enter the roundabout determines where you can exit.
  • Yield: Drivers entering the roundabout must yield to vehicles already in the roundabout. The driver on the right must yield to the driver on the left. Also yield to pedestrians or cyclists at a crosswalk. Do not change lanes in the roundabout.
  • Exit: If you are exiting at the first available exit, use your right turn signal and exit using the right lane. If you are continuing through the roundabout, use your left turning signal and as you near your exit, then use your right turn signal to let others know you plan to exit. If you cannot stop or exit safely, stay in your lane and travel around the roundabout again.

More information on how to navigate through a roundabout, including helpful diagrams, can be found on the Service NL website:

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Media contacts:

Jacquelyn Howard
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-1758, 689-2624
Jason Card
Director of Communications
Service NL
709-729-4860, 699-0470

2016 08 01                              10:00 a.m.