Construction started yesterday on a roundabout at the intersection of St. Joseph and Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard in Orleans.

“It’s going to help with the safety of the street, it’s going to help make it more appealing to people and greener in the sense that you’re not going to be sitting there idling through a traffic cycle,” said Anita MacDonald, executive director of the Heart of Orleans BIA.

The improvements are funded with a $2.5-million contribution under Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

MacDonald said residents can expect at least one lane of traffic to be open in each direction as work progresses, in contrast to the lengthy street closures which recently afflicted areas like Bank and Preston.

The BIA has mounted a campaign to let people know business continues as usual in the area, including a “Shop Around, Stick Around and Win,” contest, offering shoppers a chance to win $2,000 in shopping sprees at area businesses.