The Queen Charlotte management committee has learned that a proposed road extension to Second Street cannot be safely built.
Ron McKee, chair of the management committee, met with Al McKean of the Ministry of Highways to discuss the roads around Queen Charlotte and learned that a road extension at Second Street, linking Water Street and Highway 33 (between DFO and Sears), won’t work because the grade is too steep and there’s no room for the ditches required on both sides.
Mr. McKee had proposed easing traffic congestion near the community hall by building the Second Street extension. The community hall is also the disaster evacuation point for the Queen Charlotte hospital, and Mr. McKee believes the traffic flow in the area needs improvement to avoid traffic snarls during an emergency.
Since January, management committee members have been trying to resolve traffic issues in the area. They’ve written to police asking for no-parking zone outside the DFO building near the Farmer’s Market school bus stop. They’ve also tried to help resolve a conflict between DFO and Sears over parking.
Committee members brought a couple of other road related issues to the table at the July 2 meeting:
Ann Mountifield pointed out that the section of road between Miller Creek and the Tlell River Bridge hasn’t been re-paved in about 34 years, and she asked this be pointed out to the Minister of Highways, Judith Reid, during her visit to the islands later this month.
Mr. McKee says he’s spent a fruitless four months trying to find out who’s responsible for highway clean-up around Queen Charlotte. He plans to bring this to Minister Reid’s attention when she meets with the committee during her visit.
Members expressed concern for the safety of Queen Charlotte Secondary students who have been walking along the highway when school is dismissed. Mr. McKee said the problem was a temporary one while students waited for a walkway connecting the school to Sixth Street to be constructed along the new field.
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