City of Terrace transportation plan an ambitious document

Overpass of CN tracks bound to spark renewed debate

AT a cost of nearly $70,000 the City of Terrace’s just-released master transportation plan is one of the more ambitious documents ever commissioned by the municipal government. And as anyone knows who navigates here either by vehicle, by bicycle or on foot knows, ambitious is the key word.

The plan nails exactly the deficiencies (and we’re not simply talking about the ever-present potholes) whether it be the routes down from the Bench, the divide between the city because of the CN rail yard for both vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians or sight lines and approaches at numerous intersections.

Its call for an overpass where Hwy113/Kalum Lake Road will ignite again the call for better access between the two portions of Terrace.

A pedestrian crossing over the tracks is explored but the suggestion is one further east of the city centre.

And in recognition of the interconnection between Terrace and Thornhill there’s a recommendation for a better trail network between the two communities.

Of course, all of this will come down to costs. Converting Lakelse Ave. to two lanes with a turning lane in the middle is the first and most cost-effective project.

Next up, in all likelihood, a four-way stop at Kenney and Keith on the southside.

As for the rest, expect the city’s grant writers to be busy applying for money from the senior governments.