Residents call for independent study on Highway 97 North intersections

Lakecity residents are calling for an independent study on proposed upgrades at the Toop Road and Carson Drive/Highways 97 intersections.

City council should hire an independent traffic engineer to analyze traffic patterns before making any final decisions for upgrades at the Toop Road and Carson Drive Highway 97 intersections in Williams Lake.

That’s the message a local residents’ group brought to city council at its committee of the whole meeting Tuesday.

“We consulted a lawyer and he suggested a professional traffic engineer should be involved,” Ninth Avenue resident John Moon said.

“We also spoke with a traffic engineer and traffic analyst from Vancouver. These two people already have first-hand knowledge of the two intersections.”

Moon said local residents are not against the highway project or resisting change, as some people have suggested.

“Of course people who live in the neighbourhood have concerns. That’s what a community is all about.”

The changes, however, will affect all residents of the city, he added.

Shel Myers has lived near Johnson Street and Western Avenue most of his life and said he’s calculated on average three near-misses a year at that intersection.

Myers said traffic has increased in the area since the schools were re-configurated.

“I am deeply concerned about this project and cannot standby and watch council make a bad decision,” Myers said.

“You need to collect relevant and meaningful data. Here’s your chance to make a good decision.”

Between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. one afternoon, Johnson Street resident Gordon Stevenson said he counted 191 vehicles exit Carson Drive onto the highway.

“Taking the lights out there would be a disaster,” Stevenson said, adding that any redesign of the intersections needs to consider improvements for the next 25 years.

Coun. Surinderpal Rathor asked the group if the city hired an independent traffic engineer, would the group accept his or her recommendations and Moon said “yes.”

While Coun. Ivan Bonnell said he believed the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure would have done extensive traffic count data in order to come up with its designs.

At the Dec. 17 regular meeting, council will receive a report from staff about the Highway project.

“It will be up to council to make a decision based on the report, as well as the public meetings and the contents of tonight’s presentation,” the city’s CAO Darrell Garceau said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A dose of COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at a vaccination clinic in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
39 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health region

The total number of cases in the region since the pandemic began is now at 7,334

Members of the Tl’etinqox First Nations are awaiting word of when they will receive their second dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
‘We need the second round’: Tl’etinqox Chief Joe Alphonse questions vaccine roll-out

It’s been 42 days since Tl’etinqox First Nation members received their first dose of Moderna

Avalanche Canada has issued a special avalanche warning for the Cariboo Mountains effective through the weekend. (Wes Gregg photo)
The city of Williams Lake has received provincial funding for a proposed boardwalk connecting the RC Cotton Trail to the River Valley Recreational Trail. (City of Williams Lake rough visualization of the proposal)
$550,000 provincial funding announced for Williams Lake boardwalk trail

The boardwalk will connect the new RC Cotton Trail to the river valley

100 Mile RCMP Staff-Sgt. Svend Nielsen. (Patrick Davies photo, 100 Mile Free Press).
100 Mile RCMP investigate theft at airport hangar, 88 other incidents

Incident is one of 89 calls attended by police from Feb. 17 to 23.

Dr. Bonnie Henry leaves the podium after talking about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
COVID: 589 new cases in B.C., and 7 new deaths

No new outbreaks being reported Feb. 26

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The first of 11 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft's have arrived in Abbotsford. Conair Group Inc. will soon transform them into firefighting airtankers. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Conair begins airtanker transformation

Aerial firefighting company creating Q400AT airtanker in advance of local forest fire season

The Canada Revenue Agency says there were 32 tax fraud convictions across the country between April 2019 and March 2020. (Pixabay)
Vancouver man sentenced to 29 months, fined $645K for tax evasion, forgery

Michael Sholz reportedly forged documents to support ineligible tax credits linked to homeownership

Then-Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson looks on as MLA Shirley Bond answers questions during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria. (Chad Hipolito / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. Liberal party to choose next leader in February 2022

Candidates have until Nov. 30 to declare whether they are running

After nearly 10 months of investigations, Mounties have made an arrest in the tripping of an elderly woman in Burnaby this past April. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Mounties charge suspect for tripping elderly woman near Metrotown in April

32-year-old Hayun Song is accused of causing bodily harm to an 84-year-old using her walker

British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives to view the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver, on Friday, July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Death threats mount against Dr. Bonnie Henry, sparking condemnation from Horgan, Dix

Henry has become a staple on televisions in homes across British Columbia since January 2020

Bryan Adams with his mom, Jane Adams Clark, at Lions Gate Hospital. (Bryan Adams)
Bryan Adams gives shout out to North Shore hospital

The singer’s mom was in Lions Gate Hospital for care

Shoppers will be able to get their hands on signed bottles of Ryan Reynolds’ new gin at B.C. liquor stores this summer. (Twitter/Ryan Reynolds)
Ryan Reynold’s Aviation Gin autographed and coming to B.C. stores

This summer 100 bottles will be available to the public for purchase across five B.C. liquor stores

Most Read