Construction is expected to begin next week on a new roundabout in Belle River.

It’s being installed at Notre Dame Street and West Belle River Road.

Lakeshore council approved a $2.4-million contract with Shea Rock Construction Group.

Lakeshore Mayor Tom Bain says the project is about $220,000 over budget after only a single bidder came forward.

Bain tells CTV news the roundabout will improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow in the area.

“If they are built properly and to right size, traffic is able to get in and out, move around in a direction they want,” says Bain. “It’s proving to be a much safer method.”

Traffic will be down to one lane when the work begins next week, and eventually there will be a complete 10-day shutdown for some work to proceed.