Watchdog group questions the design of a deliberate 'flyover' viaduct the place Keating Cross Highway meets Hwy 17, promising to enhance visitors stream in downtown Saanich.
Higher Victoria's Grumpy Taxpayer $ appears notably important about selecting to forgo a 'full movement swap' at this intersection, which has more and more grow to be a bottleneck for street visitors.
The group factors to parts of a 2017 planning report that determine such a full movement swap (which seems underneath the Idea 2 title) as the popular choice for the Central Saanich and Freeway 17 Joint Peninsula Taskforce, a bunch of counselors and group members. Central Saanich, North Saanich, Sidney and Tsawout First Nation with Saanich District as an observer.
The group claims a full interchange would assist cut back visitors on Keating Cross northbound on Hwy 17, relatively than simply visitors coming from Keating Cross Highway southbound, just like the southbound. chosen choice, which the group describes as a half-solution.
“Keating Cross is the first entry for main vacationer points of interest (a million individuals a 12 months simply go to Butchart Gardens) and is dwelling to half of all manufacturing exercise within the space, which guarantees to be a driving drive financial development for years, ”the group mentioned in a press release. . “That mentioned, northbound industrial autos, tractor-trailers, tour buses and personal autos are crossing residential streets on their solution to the Island View intersection.”
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This actuality raises security issues, as northbound visitors from Keating Cross would move Keating Major Faculty.
“What number of tens of millions have we spent, and rightly so, to make our faculties protected?” the assertion reads. "Confronted with the potential for untold tragedies involving kids, who amongst us desires a 'half-solution' determination on our conscience?"
The group can be arguing full movement interchange may accommodate biking and pedestrian services connecting the jap and western sectors of the municipality, with enhancements now being postponed.
Whereas traditionally criticizing extreme authorities spending and regulation, Higher Victoria's Grumpy Taxpayer $ appears to be arguing that authorities are smart and silly concerning the viaduct, which is estimated to price $ 44 million.
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A petition – to this point signed by greater than 300 individuals – additionally questions the choice chosen, however it stays unsure whether or not these issues will make a distinction whereas preliminary work on the venture is underway.
Britt Burnham, supervisor of group providers for Central Saanich, mentioned the municipality encourages all teams and people to supply suggestions to the province by March 24.
To study extra concerning the proposed enhancements and submit your feedback, go to www2.gov.bc.ca.
The Peninsula Information Overview has contacted the province in addition to the municipality for remark and can replace this story accordingly.
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Grumpy Taxpayer $ of Higher Victoria criticized the choice to repair visitors issues alongside Freeway 17 close to Keating Cross Highway within the heart with an overpass with a flyover with this photograph displaying the overpass in Kelowna close to the campus of College of British Columbia, Okanagan. (Screencap / Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure)