Vernon’s mayor hopes to learn more about proposed changes to a dangerous intersection.
Akbal Mund will meet with Ministry of Transportation representatives today to discuss Stickle Road, and the likely option of extending 20th Street from Rona to Vernon Volkswagen to create another link between Stickle Road and Vernon.
Mund admits the ministry’s proposal doesn’t reflect the demands for many residents and businesses for a traffic signal at Highway 97 and Stickle Road.
“They aren’t giving us a light or reducing the speed on the highway so we have to work with them,” he said.
“The priority is to get traffic back into town.”
Two previous options for moving traffic at the intersection were abandoned by the ministry because of public opposition.
However, the ministry remains opposed to a traffic signal because it claims a light could lead to increased accidents on the highway and cause long lines of vehicles waiting to turn left on Stickle Road.
Mund says there is a need now to find a solution that satisfies everyone.
“Sometimes you have to come to a compromise instead of fighting.”
According to the ministry, it has been working collaboratively with various stakeholders to improve the intersection at Stickle Road.
“The ministry heard from the community through public feedback at open houses that access needs, particularly from Stickle Road to 27th Street, need to be addressed,” it states in an e-mail.
“Since the open house in July, the ministry has been working with local government to explore options to address these concerns. We expect to be ready to present the results of this follow-up work in the next few weeks.”
The ministry states a third public open house will be arranged as it moves into the detailed design phase later this winter.