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Let’s solve the Royal Avenue problem
Re: Residents rattled on Royal Avenue (NewsLeader, Sept. 13)
I understand how Theresa Henry-Smith and Jordan L’Abbe feel about the ongoing problems of trucks on Royal Avenue.
Royal Avenue residents are constantly exposed to noise, pollution and traffic every day. We are told that trucks are only allowed 7 a.m.-7 p.m. However, a few times I have seen trucks passing by after 8 p.m., and on Sundays.
Mr. Wat from the city said that there is “a general 10-20 per cent increase in truck traffic since last fall” according to data from the traffic counters. I beg to differ. Comparing the traffic since last fall does not cut it. I have lived here more than 15 years and traffic, both cars and trucks, has doubled.
Drivers take the Pattullo Bridge to avoid paying the toll on Port Mann Bridge. However, there are some issues that these drivers should think about: gas usage and time spent on the detour.
By the way, there is a school being built on Royal Avenue. Should the security, safety and health of schoolchildren be at risk as well?
Is it fair to residents, whose livability is greatly impacted by these contentious and continuous traffic problems?
It is not an unsolvable problem. It should be a collaborative effort of experts, residents and government officials to find the solution for the benefit of all.
Please work together to better the system sooner than later.