Dieppe will remove roundabout after human rights complaint

Dieppe will remove a traffic roundabout after an agreement following a human rights complaint from a legally blind woman who said it made crossing the street safely very difficult.

Abby Bourque-Coyle filed a human rights complaint after the roundabout was installed in 2010

This Dieppe roundabout became the centre of a human rights complaint. The city will now remove the roundabout. (Google Streetview)

Dieppe will remove a traffic roundabout after an agreement following a human rights complaint from a legally blind woman who said it made crossing the street safely very difficult.

Abby Bourque-Coyle said she used to walk her son to school until the city installed a roundabout at the intersection of Gould and Notre Dame streets in 2010.

At the time, she said that the Dieppe roundabout made it impossible for her to tell if cars were moving toward her or past her.

She also complained some vehicles were using the traffic circle recklessly, cutting over the raised central section rather than driving around it.

A Nov. 2014 news release from Dieppe noted that Bourque-Coyle, the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission and the city had resolved the problem "to the satisfaction of all parties involved."

Dieppe Mayor Yvon Lapierre declined to comment about the decision but says there are plans to remove the roundabout this year.

An official from the city confirmed there is a confidentiality clause in the agreement that prevents any party from disclosing its details.

The CBC also contacted Bourque-Coyle, who didn't know about plans to remove the roundabout by June 1, weather permitting.

She declined any further comment without first consulting her lawyer.

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