I wish that members of Vernon city council would stop stating that we need a stop light at the intersection of Highway 97 and Stickle Road.
The last thing that the highway needs is more stop lights.
The Ministry of Transportation is absolutely correct in its conclusion that a signal would negatively impact safety and result in delays and traffic cues.
Coun. Catherine Lord points to Kelowna as an example of why there should be a stop light at the intersection.
Kelowna and West Kelowna have installed so many stop lights that driving through the two cities has become a stop-and-go nightmare.
This is the model that Coun. Lord would use for Vernon? It’s faster and less frustrating to drive through Kamloops then to sit at all of the stop lights in Kelowna and West Kelowna.
Adding a stop light to the highway after all of the work done in recent years to improve traffic flow would be the wrong approach.
It would only frustrate more drivers and divert them to the narrow and winding Old Kamloops Road.
There are very few businesses in this area.
If this intersection is so vital and council expects heavy development in this area, then do it properly and install an overpass linking a service road parallel to the highway.
This would allow business access without restricting traffic flow.
If West Kelowna had taken this approach, maybe we wouldn’t be driving through Kamloops instead.