The proposed $120 million highway improvement project revealed on June 24th is an insult to the collective intelligence of the citizens of Salmon Arm.
Do we need improvements to Highway #1 in our area? Undoubtedly. But this proposed great palaver of underpasses, traffic circles and frontage roads is a grand smokescreen for the REAL problem, the fact that this same highway runs directly through the heart of our beautiful downtown with little oversight of traffic violations which occur with frightening regularity.
Just try sitting for a while in a window seat at our popular local bar and grill at the corner of Shuswap Street and the TCH and watch the transports run red lights and tailgate drivers obeying the speed limits.
If the ministry responsible for highway safety were to really be thinking of safety, it would be looking for long overdue ways to correct the situation through the heart of the town.
Reminds me of the old pickpocket trick. You know, the one where thieves work in pairs. One distracts, while the other robs you blind.
But we’re too smart to be fooled by that.