Round one for Cultus roundabout

A new traffic roundabout is under construction near Cultus Lake. The start of the $311,360 project was delayed while changes were made to the plans, but it's underway now.

A new traffic roundabout is under construction near Cultus Lake.

The start of the $311,360 project was delayed while changes were made to the plans, but it’s underway now.

“Hopefully it will reduce some of the chaos in that area,” said commissioner Sacha Peter, chair of the Cultus Lake Park Board.

Most of the traffic congestion usually occurs in July and August when visitors are trying to turn left onto Sunnyside against the oncoming traffic, said the park board official.

“That gets everyone queued up and it backs traffic up all along Columbia Valley Highway,” he said. “The primary aim of this roundabout project is to ease that congestion.”

Once built it will address the issue of traffic flow, but not capacity, “which is something we will continue to explore,” he added.

Martens Asphalt was awarded the contract to build a two-lane roundabout at the intersection of Sunnyside Boulevard and Columbia Valley Road, and it’s expected to be completed before the peak summer season starts.