Brickyard Traffic Circle Project

The intersection of Brickyard Rd & Carmanah Way/Broadway Rd is located in the north end of Nanaimo near McGirr Elementary, Rutherford Elementary and Dover Bay Secondary School. The proximity of this intersection to nearby schools makes it a busy route for students and vehicle traffic alike. Within the last 5 years the city has received numerous requests for a crosswalk at this location and report traffic is consistently travelling in excess of the 50km/h speed limit along Brickyard Rd. The proposed upgrades will help to reduce vehicle speeds and create a safer pedestrian route.

Project Objectives

This project will reduce traffic speeds along Brickyard Road, create a safer pedestrian crossing across Brickyard Road and improve east-west pedestrian links between Rutherford Elementary, Dover Bay Secondary and McGirr Elementary.

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  • Progress


    Fall 2015: Project started and completed.

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  • Details

    Project Details

    The City has developed plans to improve the intersection including:

    • A Traffic Circle at the intersection of Brickyard Rd & Carmanah Way/Broadway Rd;
    • Sidewalk on the south side of Broadway Rd from Kirsten Dr to Brickyard Rd;
    • Marked Crosswalk across Brickyard Road from Broadway Rd to Carmanah Way.

    To complete this project, the City has budgeted approximately $50,000.

    Traffic volume and speed data were collected in September 2012 and March 2016 over a seven day period:




    Average Speed

    46 km/hr

    30 km/hr

    85th Percentile Speed

    58 km/hr

    36 km/hr

    Daily Traffic Volume

    1892 vehicles/ day

    1534 vehicles/ day

  • Background


    Traffic circles are used in the City as traffic calming measures, reducing speeds on neighbourhood streets. While both are circular intersections, traffic circles and roundabouts are different, with roundabouts being equivalent to a traffic signal on a major road. 

    To find out more information on roundabouts and traffic circles; please see All you need to know about Roundabouts.

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