There are times when boundaries on a map are irrelevant, and potential traffic chaos is one of them
Coldstream residents have expressed alarm at the prospect of the City of Vernon shutting down Kalamalka Lake Road, between Browne Road and the Coldstream boundary, for a couple of months this year.
“People are concerned it will be completely closed for so long,” said Jim Garlick, Coldstream mayor.
And that concern is natural given that hundreds, if not thousands, of trips occur along that stretch of road daily. In fact, it is the most direct route for many Coldstream residents to get to work, shopping or other activities. Some Coldstream businesses also depend on Vernon customers to use the road.
Obviously detours can be created if that section of Kalamalka Lake Road is closed, but that will bring implications as the steady flow of traffic now winds its way along largely residential streets.
“We will need signage to inform people of the routes. We need a traffic plan in place,” said Garlick.
While final details on the possible closure haven’t been determined yet, we would encourage the City of Vernon not only to communicate with businesses and residents on its side of the boundary, but also on the Coldstream side.
If both municipalities co-operate on detours, hopefully the impact of the road closure can be minimized.