Senior-speed zone a no-go

Senior speed zones aren’t coming to Kamloops, but a corridor in Brocklehurst that has worried one area resident will get a sidewalk in 2015.

The speed zone, which would have functioned like a school zone, was the brainchild of Coun. Marg Spina, who hoped it would serve as a pilot project for the community.

Spina pitched the idea after Errol Borsky wrote to council complaining about traffic conditions on Desmond Street.

Borsky’s mother is a resident at Riverview Lodge and the two take frequent trips down the street — which doesn’t have a sidewalk — to go for coffee.

Borsky said the painted-off pedestrian shoulder is often blocked by parked cars and drivers sometimes come through the area too quickly.

But, director of development and engineering services Marvin Kwiatkowski said the city has looked at speeds in the area and doesn’t feel it could get drivers to follow a 30 km/h limit.

Kamloops RCMP think trying to enforce the speed zone would be a drain on resources.

Kwiatkowski said a sidewalk is planned in 2015, when a drainage-improvement project is also planned for the road.

The city will follow through on one of Spina’s other ideas for the street, however, adding additional paint and signage to the pedestrian shoulder to make it clear it’s not for parking.



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