Overpass option could have more to offer

What are engineers’ total estimated costs, including the proposed leases, versus an overpass?

I am a retired road and highway construction boss and I have lived in Salmon Arm now for 20 years.

I see a perfect elevation to construct an overpass starting at the corner of Fourth Street NE and Hudson Avenue NE over the railroad tracks and curving westbound down onto Beatty Avenue. There is going to be a traffic light installed at Fourth Avenue and Trans-Canada Highway so this will fit the traffic flow. The benefits are constant traffic flow with lighted pedestrian sidewalks on both sides, easy maintenance and the city owns the streets and doesn’t have to spend money on leases from private parties. No more waiting for trains. Waterfront business will flourish.

Please introduce an article in your newspaper to get people talking about the alternatives to this underpass. I think with the world’s changing weather patterns there will be a battle with flooding as the scientists are predicting more severe rain storms in our future. This underpass proposal will take the roadway below the flood plain level. What are engineers’ total estimated costs, including the proposed leases, versus an overpass?

 

Cliff Price