Roundabout to get public input meeting

Clearwater council and staff met with MLA Terry Lake and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom last Monday

District of Clearwater council and staff met with MLA Terry Lake and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom last Monday.

One of the items on the agenda was a proposed roundabout for the junction of Highway 5 and the road to Wells Gray Park.

There is no money set aside for the project, they were told, but the ministry would like to hold public meetings to gather input.

The government has bought or has options on the private land that would be needed.

BC Parks is interested in the proposal because the center of the roundabout could be used for a sign or other symbol to mark the entrance to Wells Gray Park.

Highways would support such a sign or symbol, because it would make the roundabout more obvious to travelers.

Roundabouts are actually safer than stoplights, they were told.

The circle would be designed not only for the biggest and longest trucks using the highway now, but also for ones even bigger and longer.

 

For example, the central light gray ring in the drawing would be made of concrete raised high enough to direct most traffic around it, but not so high that an extra-long tractor-trailer unit couldn’t drive over it.