As a resident of Townsend Rd., I agree that the new traffic islands have tightened things up. I don’t think it’s as bad as the previous writer suggests. Going around via Rhodonite Dr. is not very far, it adds perhaps two minutes to your trip, considering that it often takes longer than that to make a left out of Townsend, it’s not a big deal. Also, it forces people turning onto Townsend to do so with more care because of the narrow lane width.
I have seen many drivers make that right turn onto Townsend too fast, forcing them to swing wide toward the other side of the street.
What I would really like to see are drivers obeying the posted 30/kmh speed limit that is in effect from the south end of Townsend to just beyond the CASA access point. It happens far too rarely when considering how many young moms with their kids walk along Townsend to access the CASA services.
So, for you drivers who are raging at the inconvenience, please add some time to your drive and enjoy the view on your long roundabout trip. After all, you wouldn’t want people speeding past your house would you?