City is holding public information sessions about the planned roundabouts.


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The City of Thunder Bay is hosting two Public Education Sessions regarding roundabouts in Thunder Bay. The Session will outline how to use a roundabout, the benefits of roundabouts and give citizens an opportunity to ask questions, share their views and provide comments.

A roundabout is a circular intersection designed to maximize safety, minimize delay and decrease fuel consumption. There are no traffic lights or stop signs at a roundabout.


Dependent on City Council’s approval, a new single-lane roundabout will be built at the intersection of Victoria Avenue East and Ford Street South. The location was chosen by the Engineering & Operations Division and is supported by the City’s Transportation Master Plan.

Once the roundabout is in place, traffic lights at the intersection of Lillie Street and Victoria Avenue East will be removed, Lillie Street will become a one-way northbound street, and a pedestrian crossover will be installed at the west side of the roundabout.

Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend one of the Sessions:


Roundabout Public Education Session #1

Tuesday, Jan. 15


Salvation Army Community Church

2621 Victoria Avenue East

4 – 7 pm (presentation at 5 pm)

Roundabout Public Education Session #2

Wednesday, Jan. 16

Mariner’s Hall

2201 Sleeping Giant Parkway

4 – 7 pm (presentation at 5 pm)


If City Council approves the proposed roundabout on Victoria and Ford, construction would begin in the spring and it would tentatively open in the fall.


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Source: City of Thunder Bay


12 Replies to “City is holding public information sessions about the planned roundabouts.”

  1. Bulls**t………waste of money .The citizens of Thunder Bay are always being hammered with tax increases and garbage ideas like this and other ways of wasting money .The citizens need to have more say since we are the ones paying for it!

  2. I briefly lived in a place where most lights were replaced by these, it was great! Steve is a typical “I don’t like change” tax dollars blah blah blaher

  3. Looking forward to seeing more roundabouts. Traffic flows better with them and they’re cheaper to build/maintain than an intersection with traffic lights.

  4. I’m gunna sit in the middle on my swivel chair and watch the accidents. If this goes through, will there be an ambulance and tow truck on site? Eye on the sky would make it easier for the police. A round about …. lol… put it by the new arena

    1. C’mon,
      A signal controlled intersection will have much more conflict and serious outcomes, if that’s your idea of entertainment.

  5. One more way to spend our dollars. Now I am really beginning to wonder about the drinking that may be going on in council chambers. I look at the statues on Algoma that council paid over 100,000 and the rocks that were at the airport that were around that price, the splash pad at the water front where vagrants hang out at nite and use it for washroom facilities, the roads that have to be some of Canada’s worst, skateboard at waterfront and then thinking about a facility to house the Winnipeg hockey farm team when even I know they would never ever come here (they have their own facilities), building another hotel and starting construction on it at the water front when they didn’t even have anyone interested in coming here. The other hotels are suffering because of lack of patrons. I take a shortcut to my daughters in the southside and go down vickers to victoria ave. and go by that pool at the corner of dease and vickers and it is jam packed with young ones swimming, and you might say well they can go to the complex, but guess what some of them don’t have the means or the money. Who ever voted for the closure of this facility should be ashamed of themselves. There are only a few new members on council and I hope that they do right by the citizens of Thunder Bay. Round abouts? Fix the roads and the problems here first and stop being frivolous with our damn money. It is hard earned and more people had better start paying more attention to what’s is going on here. Give the young ones here in Thunder Bay their pools, they don’t all have camps! Round abouts belong in a more sophisticated city not hicksville.

  6. Why..? Slow down traffic even more from two lanes to one and now a round about ..? Only in Thunder Bay do they inconvenience 100 cars for 1.

  7. People using the road make mistakes (like running stop signs and red lights), always have and always will. Crashes will always be with us, but they need not result in fatalities or serious injury.

    Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world – the intersection type with the lowest risk of fatal or serious injury crashes – (much more so than comparable signals). Modern roundabouts require a change in speed and alter the geometry of one of the most dangerous parts of the system – intersections.

    The reduction in speed to about 20 mph and sideswipe geometry mean that, when a crash does happen at a modern roundabout, you usually need a tow truck, not an ambulance. Visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts. Roundabouts are one of several proven road safety features (FHWA).
    The life saved may be your own.

    Modern, slow and go, roundabout intersections have less daily delay than a stop light or stop sign, especially the other 20 hours a day people aren’t driving to or from work (it’s the #2 reason they’re built). Average daily delay at a signal is around 12 seconds per car. At a modern roundabout average daily delay is less than five seconds. Signals take an hour of demand and restrict it to a half hour, at best only half the traffic gets to go at any one time. ‘At best’ because traffic signals must have the yellow and all red portion (6+ seconds per cycle) for safety, and modern roundabouts do not. At a modern roundabout, drivers entering from different directions can all enter at the same time. Don’t try that with a signalized intersection.

    Roads using signals are often widened just because of the signal delay and need to store cars waiting for a green. Roundabouts reduce such need for wider roads between roundabout intersections. A future expense avoided.


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