Four-laning has a down side

The patchwork four-lane to two-lanes that currently exists comes under a great deal of criticism, and rightly so.

There has been a lot of discussion about the design and implementation of the Trans-Canada Highway through the city.  The patchwork four-lane to two-lanes that currently exists comes under a great deal of criticism, and rightly so.

Something that is not often talked about and perhaps should be, is what benefits are derived from creating a four-lane corridor for the residents of Salmon Arm? Certainly there is benefit for through-traffic, but has anyone stopped and considered what are the benefits for local businesses of making it easier for traffic to fly through the city.

Businesses like DeMille’s Farm Market, and others that share highway frontage, survive because of ease of access. It may seem odd, but the benefits of slowing traffic down with proper lighting and speed enforcement might seem like heading “back to the future,” but is it?

Perhaps highways should be considering a truck bypass, to relieve the congestion and hazards, while making the city a place to stop and spend, rather than just another town to flash through.


John Harper

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