Risks outweight costs for overpass at Spencer Road

Florence Lake area residents worry over lack of close pedestrian crossing of Trans Canada Highway

Our family and many others in the Florence Lake area will soon lose our only way to safely cross the Trans Canada Highway at Spencer Road, as described in the article in the May 15 News Gazette.  This is a very busy crosswalk and is used daily by Spencer students, local residents walking and biking to downtown Langford, and others accessing the up-Island buses that pick up and drop off passengers on the TCH in front of the Shell gas station.  The City of Langford told residents that the cost of construction of a pedestrian overpass would be $1.4 million;  this figure has now jumped to $2 million and Langford says it cannot afford it at this time.  The city told residents that they will have to walk to the Millstream or Leigh Road overpasses to cross the TCH.  This will be a significant inconvenience for those of us on the north side of the highway who will now have a detour of nearly a kilometre, but more importantly, it will be a serious safety concern.  It is highly unlikely that everyone who needs to cross the highway at Spencer Road will walk the extra distance to the Millstream or Leigh Road overpasses. They will cross where they always have, even though the eight lanes of traffic at that spot will make Spencer Road a very dangerous place to cross the highway.

We urge the city to build a pedestrian overpass at Spencer Road.

The city could ask the property developers on the north side of the TCH to pay for this amenity, since they are the major beneficiaries of the Leigh Road interchange. Current residents in the Florence Lake area will be negatively affected.

Ron Rayner

 

Langford

 

 

Just Posted

Beware of geese: Nesting season may trigger aggressive behaviour

Greater Victoria residents will have to be wary of nesting geese in the area

British Columbians are paying more for booze but also broccoli

Victoria’s inflation was 2.3 per cent, a tick above Vancouver’s of 2.2 per cent

Scottish cultural centre proposed for View Royal

A 10,000 square foot building is proposed for the Craigflower Manor grounds

Victim of cyber attack speaks out, highlights Sidney generosity

Business association head talks of ‘horrendous consequences’ in wake of scam

Victoria hosts ‘Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave’

The hockey cave was recently featured on a Netflix special

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

SPCA seizes 54 animals from Vernon property

Animals weren’t receiving adequate care

Morneau unveils principles for Indigenous ownership in Trans Mountain pipeline

The controversial pipeline was bought by Ottawa last year

Refugee who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong arrives in Canada

Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana arrived in Toronto this week

New UMSCA trade deal getting a boost from Trump, business groups

The trade deal is designed to supplant the North American Free Trade Agreement

Trudeau says he, Wilson-Raybould had cordial conversation last week

Trudeau denies anything improper occurred regarding SNC-Lavalin and the PMO

SNC-Lavalin backtracks on CEO’s comments surrounding potential job losses

Top boss had said protecting 9,000 jobs should grant leniency

Vancouver Island home to B.C.’s luckiest lotto store

Five million-dollar winners bought tickets from same Port Alberni corner store

Most Read