Progress continues on installation of red light camera on TCH

Salmon Arm councillors believes the province is going to do a survey and proceed with the installation of the camera in Salmon Arm.

The road to the city receiving a highway traffic safety camera appears to be coming to an end.

Salmon Arm council recently received a letter from B.C. Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond, following up on a discussion they had at September’s Union of B.C. Municipalities convention regarding the city’s long and ongoing attempt to procure a camera for Highway 1.

Speaking to the letter, Coun. Alan Harrison called it a positive piece, paying particular attention to a paragraph that states she has asked her deputy minister to work with ICBC to “move forward with a study of this intersection on a priority basis including the installation of a traffic safety camera funded by your municipality.”

Harrison’s take on the letter from Bond is that the province is going to do the survey and proceed with the installation of the camera.

“The piece I don’t want to lose in all this is the intersection camera… We want to make sure those two things are, in fact, separate – that the camera will happen and there may be some other safety factors that come out as part of that survey,” said Harrison.

“That’s certainly the way I’m looking at it and that’s the way this letter looks at it.”

City engineer Jennifer Walters said the survey is already underway, and results are expected before Christmas.