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Thursday October 25th, 2012

Posted at 10:00am

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The region’s first double-lane roundabout opens to traffic on Monday and Parkway authorities want you to know how to navigate it safely.

The new roundabout will connect Highway 401 on/off ramps, Highway 3 and the Howard Avenue Diversion (County Road 9).

Here are a number of rules for how to safely navigate the new traffic circle:

  1. Slow down as you approach the roundabout.  Keep to the right of the Splitter Island.
  2. Use the correct lane for your intended destination.
  3. Pay special attention to pedestrians who may be crossing the roadway. (Note: the Parkway roundabout does not include pedestrian crosswalks.)
  4. Watch for vehicles already in the roundabout.
  5. Traffic in the roundabout always has the right-of-way. Entering vehicles must always yield.
  6. Enter the roundabout when there is an adequate gap in the circulating traffic.
  7. In the roundabout, keep to the right of the Central Island and travel in a counter-clockwise direction.
  8. Do not stop, pass large vehicles or change lanes within the roundabout.
  9. Use your right-turn signal when exiting the roundabout.
  10. If you miss your exit, continue around the roundabout again and exit.

For detailed instructions, check out this PDF created by the Parkway team.

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