Terrace, B.C. hosts open house on transportation plan

The Transportation Master Plan will provide a template to help apply for grants to improve vehicle, pedestrian, cycling options

  • Feb. 11, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Residents had the chance to post red and green stickers on a map of the city last night at the Transportation Master Plan open house

Residents, city staff and planning consultants mingled last night at an open house, part of the $75,000 Transportation Master Plan commission by the city.

Those visiting the city hall event were given red and green stamps and asked to place them on a large map laid on the table. Green stamps could be placed on positive features of Terrace, while the red stamps were stuck to problem spots.

These suggestions from the public are being used to guide the plan being put together by McElhenney Consulting over the next four months.

The company’s spokesperson for the project, Prince George-based senior transportation engineer Glenn Stanker, said that the secret to the success of thriving cities is having a vision and plan.

“Vision is important, and the number one thing is having a plan. When you apply for a grant, they will ask to see a plan that supports the project,” he said.

So what will Terrace’s transportation priorities be? This is what Stanker and his team, along with the city, are working on.

Aside from the public consultation, there is also an online survey to gather what residents want in terms of improving transportation for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians.

There are many categories of city project being looked at, and prioritized.

These include the tops and bottoms, as well as the widths and safety features, of Lanfear and Kalum hills.

Options discussed at a committee of the whole meeting also held yesterday included widening the street and/or sidewalks on these hills, and possibly closing Pheasant St. to thru-traffic at the bottom of Kalum in order to improve pedestrian flow.

Stanker said his team will look at options to making the hills safer in the short term, as they are steep, narrow, windy and much used by all sorts of commuters who tend to “compete” for room.

Intersections are also being studied.

Stanker said that Lakelse and Sparks is an example of a challenging intersection. So is Eby and Lakelse which he said “may not be intuitive to drivers”. Also, the intersection of Thomas, McConnell, Cooper around school hours. He said there could be ways to improve these and other intersections.

Rail crossings are another item included in the planning, with the “non-conventional” crossing of the tracks by pedestrians and the need for some sort of pedestrian overpass. A location for this could be part of the plan as well.

After stakeholder consultation, the next phase is data collection followed by detailed analysis in April, then May will see improvement options conceived, then in June the review will be ready, followed by a final report.

Just Posted

Nearly $500,000 available for internships with northern B.C. First Nations governments

Funds announced through partnership with Northern Development and Government of Canada

Terrace husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

BC Ambulance presented each a Vital Link Award for separate incidents of CPR

$15 million spent on cancelled transmition line

BC Hydro had already spent approximately $15 million on planning a new… Continue reading

College buys a yurt to boost student success

Round tent-like structure part of college instructional shift

Council supports lobby for fair share of cannabis tax revenue

The City of Terrace is throwing its support behind a West Kelowna… Continue reading

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Animal protection group urges B.C. vet association to ban cat declawing

Nova Scotia was the first Canadian province to ban declawing

Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Canadian band to get top honours at 2018 JUNO Awards

B.C. out of the running for Amazon’s next headquarters

Toronto is the only Canadian city left in the running despite the province backing Metro Vancouver’s bid for new Amazon headquarters

B.C. hockey player nominated for Hobey Baker Award

Myles Powell is a forward at Rochester Institute of Technology

Post interest rate hike debt tips

What to do about your debt and mortgages after the interest rate hike

Foreign workers sleeping in Alberta Burger King basement

Alberta Health Services said its inspectors found foreign workers sleeping in the basement of the Lethbridge restaurant

Court application halts release of bread price-fixing documents

Bread price-fixing documents won’t be unsealed Thursday, Loblaw says

Pharrell and N.E.R.D to headline NBA All-Star halftime show

11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip hop-rock band N.E.R.D. will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles

Most Read