COMMENTARY · 17th October 2011
What about the second CN crossing in Terrace???
Hasn't it been two years since the Americans who bought our national railroad massively increased the length of the trains that roll back and forth through our city holding us hostage while providing nothing to us in return? It is so frustrating to see the great success of the port in Prince Rupert has come at the expense of citizens of Terrace who are trying to get to work or home for lunch on their limited break. Living on the south side has become unbearable due to trains clogging up the Kenney street crossing at 8:30, 12:00 noon, 4:30 pm on Thursdays Fridays, Sundays, and every other day at various times. (I don't know the exact times but I do know they often come at the prime times when people would be trying to go to or from work). The only option is the Sande overpass which is terribly unequipped for line ups of cars waiting and waiting and then taking dangerous risks while young parents pushing strollers across the crosswalks nearly get run over by drivers fed up from waiting with no traffic control at that intersection at all.
I thought part of the deal of selling off our national railway and letting the Americans tred all over us so they can have their cheep walmart merchandise and cell phones was that CN would have to pitch in a good part of the costs and build another safe crossing that would not be affected by their endless trains moving back and forth at a snails pace??? So where is our crossing? Who is holding CN accoutable because I can assure you they wont take any steps to fork out the money to build something for us... we are just a little bump in the road to them. So what would candidates do to ensure we have reasonable and safe access to both sides of our city without being held hostage by the american rail tycoons?
Thanks in advance for your replies.
Response to Overpass Question
Comment by Dr. Bruce Bidgood on 24th October 2011
I do believe that Terrace would benefit from another overpass to deal with the increasing train traffic going to the container port in Prince Rupert. I believe that the best place for such a project would be the Kenney St. Crossing which was recommended in a four or five year old report to CN, province and the City
It is my understanding that the City of Terrace was told, before the last election, that the cost of such an endeavour would be carried by CN and the Ministry of Transport. CN has since withdrew its support for the project saying there is no pressing need and citing greater necessity for such projects in Smithers. Where does that leave us? With growing lines at the crossing and no overpass in sight. The City is unable to contemplate a project of $3 or $4 million without the support of the other players. The role of the City in this debate is to advocate with the Province and CN for the needs of our citizens....we did this at UBCM but should continue the discussion at every available opportunity.
The networkig needs of Terrace are not confined, however, to automotive traffic. I feel that there is a tremendous need for a pedestrian overpass to connect the North and South ends of the City which are largely isolated from one another. Imagine a wooden pedestrian/cycle overpass at the end of Kalum St. allowing the residents of the South to safely access the downtown and the residents of downtown to access south-side businesses on foot. Now this is an idea too good to "pass over"!
Comment by James Ippel on 18th October 2011
I don't think that building a new Overpass is going to get you home any quicker. Any plans I have seen, or heard about, all place a new Overpass at or near Kalum Lake Drive, or at or near Frank Street.
I have had occasion to travel the Sande Street Overpass at the busiest of times, and one must practice patience. I have found drivers to be very courteous when I wanted to change lanes, and the extra time involved in passage on the Overpass was really mere seconds more than in slow times.
You could be become "GREEN" and take a bag lunch to work, and then walk the Millenium Trail as an afterlunch activity.
As the CN spokesman stated:they are not in the business of building Overpasses, their business is to move goods, and they seem to be a reasonable job of this considering how Prince Rupert is benifitting...
Do I hear a tinge of jealousy????????????
Comment by Steve Smyth on 18th October 2011
The Southside businesses would like this question answered as well. Last I recall we paid an "expert" to draw some pretty pictures and give 3 unworkable alternatives at a well attended meeting.
He has now left and we still have longer and longer waits and more congestion at what must be the stupidest highway intersection in Canada.
Its time to do something before the increase in rail and truck traffic throw us into total gridlock, not to mention the children who have to cross at Kenney to go to school
great question Chris
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 18th October 2011
This is a great question, I hope you'll bring it to the all candidates debate as well. Not everyone checks in here so it would be fantastic to see you there on Nov. 8.