Editorial: Promises

A couple of months ago, provincial transportation minister Todd Stone made a promise to Terrace city council

With efforts nowadays mostly directed at plowing and sanding roads, bridges and the like instead of building or improving them, it may be a bit early to talk about the latter.

Except, of course, when it comes to the Sande Overpass, that section of Hwy16 which can mystify and terrify even the most experienced of drivers.

It’s been a couple of months now since provincial transportation minister Todd Stone dropped in on city council to invite people to take part in his ministry’s gathering of opinion leading to the next decade or so of transportation projects throughout the province.

Mr. Stone then sweetened his appearance with a promise of something to ease the traffic congestion and pattern that now marks the Sande Overpass.

A promise is somewhat different than a commitment as the latter is usually taken as something more substantial.

Regardless, Mr. Stone’s promise was the most encouraging word to come out of the provincial government since it was unsuccessful in bringing along CN on a plan to construct a second overpass in the latter part of the last decade.

But now, with a new year just starting and the transportation ministry no doubt starting to work on budgets for the province’s next budget year beginning April 1, a reminder letter from city council to Mr. Stone might be justifiably in order.