Increase liveability downtown, not traffic

Writer expresses concerns for impact a Main Street bridge may have downtown.

  • Dec. 21, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Letter to the editor,

Re: District steps up on Bruhn Bridge project, Dec. 14 EVN.

Having an open house months after the mayor publically states the Main Street Bridge was his preferred option, and a month after the MOTI deadline, is no more than an attempt at damage control.

I suffer from no illusion, that the mayor and council have any interest in what the community has to say, and are only hoping to “convince/sell” their position on this project. As a councillor so eloquently stated at the Dec. 13 committee of the whole meeting, “people, it’s a frickin bridge.”

There are many opinions of this issue and all have valid points to them; a bridge on Main Street will have a lasting and irreversible effect on our community.

The vision should be to have a Main Street full of people walking, cycling, chatting and doing business, socializing and otherwise interacting. Not be turned into a thoroughfare that will endanger pedestrians and cyclists. MOTI’s own documentation show in the future up to 590 cars per hour are possible. That statement alone should be enough to cause concern with this option.

I keep hearing reference to development on the Westside in conjunction with the Main Street option. To me, nothing says a “safe and healthy Main Street” like transport trucks, service trucks and other vehicles roaring past people’s homes, businesses, parks and schools.

The goal of our community should be to increase the livability of our town and Main Street, creating places where residents want to walk and ride a bike such as Main Street Landing this area is a jewel of Sicamous and should be embraced, not destroyed.

There are two other options that will ensure all intersection concerns are addressed, while enhancing connectivity with the Westside, and do not support additional and unneeded traffic volume through the centre of our community.

William Moore

 

Just Posted

Case made for free tampon dispeners in Shuswap schools

Advocate says access, anonymity key to providing less stressful experience for female students

Dairy farmers wary of federal effort to help industry

Concerns raised over vague details, funding access and impacts on growth

PHOTOS: Spring has sprung in the Okanagan-Shuswap

The new season is bringing warm weather across the region

Video gives Shuswap sport a national audience

Views of the Salmon Arm and Larch Hills take centre stage in skiing showcase

Concert to conquer cancer comes to Vernon, Kelowna

All proceeds go to the B.C. Cancer Foundation’s Childhood Cancer Research Initiative.

VIDEO: Sunny skies in the forecast makes for a great start to spring

Mostly sunny skies with a chance of rain by Friday evening in the Okanagan Valley

Detective dog, from Nelson, joins fight to combat invasive mussels

K9 Major will be on the road starting this month, hunting for quagga and zebra mussels

No cause yet for grassfire near Kamloops

Fire was about 1.8 hectares in size

Paramedic staff shortage at critical level: B.C. union

A number of units were out of service due to lack of staffing in Lower Mainland, union says

B.C. lottery winner being sued by Surrey co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Fraser Health under fire again for taxiing homeless man from Langley to Hope

Patient sent to Hope shelter because a spot in the man’s home community couldn’t be located

Dead sea lion discovered on Hornby Island shoreline

Reports indicate animal was shot in the head

Celina Caesar-Chavannes quits Liberal caucus, sits as independent MP

The Whitby, Ont., MP has been a vocal supporter of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott

Woman punched on the sidelines of B.C. soccer game

Both involved were watching the U21 game in West Vancouver from the sidelines when things got heated

Most Read