Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Highway 17 Joint Planning Committee

There is a committee with representatives from at least the Town of Sidney, Central Saanich and North Saanich. (There may be more, I am not sure) This committee makes recommendations to the Ministry of Transportation on issues of safety a safe way to cross Highway 17.

Their priority is a pedestrian overpass at Beacon Avenue. They have been working on this since 2009.

It’s good that they are working together. I also appreciate that the Province is always going to be involved when it comes to a highway.

But you have to think that a capital city, would look at its road safety issues, prioritize them for the sake of all its citizens and then implement the measures needed.

We would not have to strike committees from 3 different cities who then try to lobby the provincial government.

The Highway 17 Joint Planning Committee only exists because we have so many cities. A properly constituted municipal government would just deal with these issues in the best interests of all its citizens.

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