Burnett Road resident Barney Pratt walks along the narrow shoulder of his street in View Royal

View Royal residents worry about street safety

Town committee supports traffic calming measures on increasingly busy road

Safety concerns are driving residents on Burnett Road to ask View Royal council for traffic calming measures and sidewalks for the increasingly busy road.

Walking along the road, homeowner Barney Pratt points out the lack of sidewalks, few walkable boulevards and, in many places, deep ditches off the road’s edge. He and his wife have used these ditches before to get out of the way of cars, he said.

“There’s nowhere to get off the road when there’s two cars coming by here. There’s nowhere to go.”

Pratt has lived on the road since 2006 and has seen traffic increase in that time. The worst, he says, is when construction projects, such as the current Craigflower Bridge replacement, reroute traffic from other areas.

Pratt has now rallied his neighbours and will present a petition signed by every resident on the street to council at its Tuesday, March 18 meeting.

The road connects Island Highway with Helmcken Road via Pheasant Lane and allows motorists to bypass the often clogged up intersection of Island Highway and Helmcken.

By doing so, however, drivers motor through a residential neighbourhood not designed to mix heavy traffic with pedestrians.

“So they whip through here to get … over to the traffic circle and out to the (Trans-Canada) highway,” Pratt said. “I keep telling these guys, it’s not a matter of if it’s going to happen here, it’s when, and the severity of it. Somebody’s going to get killed.”

Coun. Ron Mattson,  the chair of View Royal’s public works and transportation committee, plans to bring up short-term improvements to the road at Monday’s committee of the whole budget meeting.

“We’ve asked staff to come up with some options and costs for some sort of quick-term safety fixes,” he said.

“We certainly do acknowledge that there are some safety issues. We want staff to come up with something we can do immediately.”

Mattson said a full sidewalk project might be a longer-term goal, but he would like to see something done in the meantime, such as the installation of a curb and/or speed humps.

“The community coming to petition council, I think that’s a good thing,” he said. “For any areas of the community who think there are safety issues, please let us know. It makes it easier for council to say ‘yes’ when people are advising us and encouraging us to do something.”

When the new View Royal fire hall and the Capital Regional District’s E&N Rail Trail are complete, Burnett Road will be even more central for various types of traffic, Pratt said.

The hall is being built directly across Island Highway from the mouth of Burnett, while the rail trail will directly cross the road.

kwells@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Over 200 lives saved in first year at Victoria’s supervised consumption site

The Harbour celebrates its first anniversary with a report of zero deaths on site

Researchers head out from Sidney to explore Canada’s largest underwater volcano

The Explorer Seamount is as large as Greater Vancouver and full of previously undiscovered species

Victoria businesses remain plastic-bag free, despite court ruling

Business association says no one has inquired into re-establishing the use of plastic bags

RCMP confirm foul play in death of 60-year-old Metchosin man

Police believe crime an isolated incident

Saanich Mayor says ‘no costs asked of municipality’ for proposed film studio

Mayor Fred Haynes made that comment after questions from watchdog group

VIDEO: Dashcam video captures moment Victoria cyclist struck

Police seeking cyclist captured in video

UPDATE: Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Canadian is detained in China on drug allegations: Chinese government

Detention of a Canadian in China comes as part a diplomatic dispute triggered by arrest of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou

Most Read