LETTER: Four-lane highway might not be answer to traffic woes

If you analyze our road closures, it is nearly 100 per cent motor vehicle accidents

I might be the only one not wanting a four-lane highway into Sooke.

I have lived here for 13 years and I travel in and out like everyone else. Four lanes certainly sound more efficient, but is it really?

We’re talking about a 9.2-kilometre stretch to Saseenos and the increase in speed would likely change the flow from 70 km/h to 90 km/h.

If  you analyze our road closures, it is nearly 100 per cent motor vehicle accidents and from what I witnessed, and likely the data will concur, it is bad driving causing most of the problems.

Any higher speed would just make it worse on those of us who are ensnared with these idiots.

If we use the Malahat as an example, or the existing four-lane section, any motor vehicle accidents usually results in a complete closing of the road. Four lanes will not improve the situation.

With the latest upgrade to extra turning lanes and bus transit pull offs, etc. things are much better now. There are still a few hairpin turns and sections that could be improved.

Now if the proposed highway is a completely separate route parallel to the existing road, that could certainly help in situations where there is a temporary closure, but I assume they are more likely to try and widen the existing road and that means at least a year or more of construction hold ups.

Real accidents do happen but they are rare. What we are witnessing is the actions of a thoughtless few creating all the stress and inconvenience for the rest of us.

Maybe if each one of us were allowed to stop briefly and slap the idiots who cause the problem things might improve with more drivers concentrating on their driving.

Norm Amirault, Sooke

 

Just Posted

Candidate hopefuls emerge for upcoming Sooke byelection

Three former councillors considering run

Periods of rain in Wednesday’s forecast

Plus a look ahead at your weekend forecast

Sooke cougar sighting unconfirmed

Boy had a close encounter with the big cat

Victoria car show’s ferry event a highlight for arriving hot-rodders

Grand opening event one of several planned for Northwest Deuce Days

VIDEO: Plant-based burgers may not be as healthy as they seem

Both the Impossible and Beyond Burger have more saturated fat than beef burgers

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

LETTER: A great asset to the community

Lorien Arnold worked tirelessly to help at the Scouts jamboree, reader writes.

‘Beyond the call’: Teen in police custody gets birthday surprise by B.C. Mountie

Unusual celebration started when Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik went to visit the teen in his Coquitlam cell

Thunderstorms forecast across B.C.

Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch for B.C.’s central Interior

Driver who killed B.C. motorcyclist receives absolute discharge

Chase family speechless following decision by BC Review Board

Lower gas prices slow annual inflation rate to Bank of Canada’s 2% bull’s-eye

Prices showed strength in other areas — led by a 17.3 per cent increase in the cost of fresh vegetables

B.C. moves to preserve 54 of its biggest, oldest trees

Fir, cedar, spruce, pine, yew set aside from logging

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Most Read