Editor, The Times:
With fewer overhead restrictions or overpasses, Highway 5 is one of the major routes for oversize loads to be shipped. The highway is one of the best unrestricted highways in B.C. A roundabout on the highway would not be the best way to resolve traffic problems.
This off ramp alternative (see diagram) is used successfully Canada wide. This alternative would be in the best interest of the local businesses and likely would be more cost effective. It is well worth considering.
It is never good practice to put a roundabout on a major shipping route. B.C., like Alberta, is a major manufacturing province. An open Highway 5 would be an asset to whatever B.C.’s future will bring. That is an unknown factor but at least we are ready to handle whatever comes.
Highway 5 has proven itself in the past by being unrestrictive; just add off ramps and these alternate modifications. If and when they start building offshore drilling rigs on the Coast, there will likely be mega equipment and large loads and components coming from Edmonton. Highway 5 will be the highway of choice.
A roundabout may be very restrictive. These loads are often exceptionally large and a straight highway is definitely required. It is worth thinking about. If anyone else agrees, please send a letter to Mayor Harwood.