Letters: Work before or after rush hour

Sooke commuter displeased with road work during busy times

No respect. That is what we, the Sooke commuters, seem to be getting these days. I was part of the unfortunate masses snailing themselves home while a planned hydro pole maintenance/replacement job was being done. Come on — you mean to tell me that those intelligent people could not do this job early in the morning or finish up by 3 p.m. at least so that all the traffic going home at night would not be so brutally impacted.

Maybe, God forbid, this job could even be done at night. And to make matters worse the traffic specialist (?) was letting all the vehicle traffic going back into Colwood through before allowing a dozen or so of the cars crawling back home through, I tried to politely ask her to rethink her system as it wasn’t making any sense but she rudely told me to keep on moving. I told her that was what I had been trying to do for the last hour.

Come on people, it’s bad enough that for every traffic accident and vehicle breakdown we are trapped for hours on the one-way in and out of Sooke, but for a planned job like this there is no need to put the Sooke commuters hostage to your schedule. Who okays this stuff? Who is in charge of hiring these people and agreeing that work of this nature happen when rush hour traffic is so impacted. I thought a new vision at least included a smart vision.

I suppose the only good thing to happen was that the local liquor store seemed to be getting a lot of people stopping in to drown their sorrow before finally arriving home.

Stop this ridiculous misuse of our precious time. We pay taxes just like any other community but I doubt that this would have been tolerated in any other but ours. And why is that? Do we not deserve to be treated fairly just as all others?

Linda Bessont

Sooke