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Sod-turning marks construction of Morrisburg roundabout

Photo of local dignitaries at Morrisburg Roundabout Sod Turning event on July 22, 2021

From left are SDG Infrastructure Manager Mike Jans, Coco Paving’s Dan Byvelds, MPP Jim McDonell, South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds, SDG Warden Allan Armstrong, MP Eric Duncan and SDG Transportation Director Ben de Haan.

MORRISBURG, Ontario – Local dignitaries officially marked the creation of the new $4.9-million Morrisburg roundabout at a Thursday sod-turning event amidst all of the construction.
The roundabout and its associated streetscaping components will ease traffic congestion at the South Dundas hub, while improving aesthetics at the busy intersection of County Roads 31 and 2.
Coco Paving, which has offices in Morrisburg, was selected as the contractor for this project and construction began nearly one month ago. The project will wrap up before year’s end.

The project is being completed via a partnership between the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, the Municipality of South Dundas, as well as federal and provincial government funding via the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). The breakdown of financial responsibility includes $1.5 million from the Government of Canada, $1.1 million from the Government of Ontario, $1.9 million is being funded by SDG, with $400,000 coming from South Dundas.

“This project illustrates the great things government can accomplish when everyone is working together,” said SDG Warden Allan Armstrong. “The Counties, by way of its sizeable investment, understands how improvements to traffic hubs can benefit the motoring public, as well as nearby businesses and property owners.”

“The Morrisburg roundabout and streetscape design is a big but important change for South Dundas. One that will contribute to our local economy and the accessibility of our community,” said South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds. “The plan makes it safer and easier for pedestrians, while also encouraging traffic to stop in and support the local economy. We’re excited to see the results of this investment.”

“The residents of South Dundas and Morrisburg, as well as the thousands of tourists who will soon be flocking to this region are going to be very impressed by what they see,” said Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MP Eric Duncan. “We are always advocating to ensure our riding receives its fair share of infrastructure dollars and this project is a great example of those efforts.”

“We will now have a string of important, busy intersections along County Road 2 in SDG that will include a roundabout and some beautiful streetscape designs,” said Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell. “This roundabout will create a safe, steady flow of traffic that will benefit residents and visitors who travel this important artery daily.”