LETTER: All about paint on sidewalks and highways

I am amazed at the relentlessness of those wishing for their unique perspective on life to be celebrated by the application of paint

All about paint on sidewalks and highways.

I am sometimes amazed at the relentlessness of those wishing for their unique perspective on life to be celebrated by the application of paint on city sidewalks, as though this will somehow bring the social lobbyists a victory, and uncommonness to the road greater travelled. But I digress.

I am much more concerned as to why years after the extra lane was added westbound on Highway 1 at Mt. Lehman, do we still have more than 300 metres of unpainted lanes at the top of the incline where the far right truck lane is set to merge with the middle lane. Ten seconds of time elapse (at the posted speed limit) from the moment the merge sign appears until where the two lanes truly do become one. And for these ten seconds, there are no broken white lines separating the two lanes.

This far right lane, of course, is home not just to trucks, but to the special hyper-drivers, who pass by everyone else at 140-150 kmh, where no police are ever seen taking interest. (They are presumably stuck elsewhere behind bushes trying to catch people looking at their ‘stupidphones’ at an intersection.)

Would someone in the highways ministry take notice of this glaring omission, and arrange to splash some paint on this third of a km stretch of road, please? Because some days, the shoulder becomes the third lane for an additional 100 metres or more as the hyper-drivers finally run out of lane to squeeze into, and there’s nowhere else to go.

For this paint, I would be willing to celebrate.

Keith Hebert

Abbotsford News

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