Editorial: Terrace B.C. overpass an issue of inequity

A pedestrian overpass won't stimulate economy, but could erase an inequity between residents who walk or cycle and those who have vehicles.

SOMEPLACE somewhere within the billions and billions of new (albeit borrowed) federal government money for infrastructure projects has to be money  to build a pedestrian overpass over the CN rail yard which now divides the City of Terrace.

To be sure, a pedestrian overpass may not exactly fit the federal government’s idea that spending billions on roads and mass transit and the like will stimulate the economy.

But what a pedestrian overpass will do is erase a fundamental inequity between south side residents who walk or cycle and those who have vehicles.

North side residents clearly enjoy an advantage over those on the south side simply because of where the majority of civic and other services are now located.

Terrace mayor Carol Leclerc had it absolutely right at the last city council meeting when she pointed out that its a two-kilometre-plus journey for a south side resident on foot to get to the north side of Terrace via the Sande Overpass.

What she didn’t add is that for whatever past decisions made or, more correctly, not made, there is not even a decent sidewalk for south side residents along Keith Ave. to get to the Sande Overpass.

Council has taken the first move toward a pedestrian overpass by applying for a provincial grant leading to a construction design. May it be a speedy journey.

Just Posted

Illegal dumping pushes BC Conservation to the tipping point

Terrace office may bring violators to court to seek higher penalties

Eden Robinson talks Trickster Drift in Terrace

More than 160 people packed into the Art Gallery to see the award-winning author

UNBC ranks second on Maclean’s Magazine’s list

The Prince George university has regional campuses in Quesnel and Terrace

Telegraph Creek evacuees, families gather for Thanksgiving in Terrace

It’s been over two months since the residents of Telegraph Creek were… Continue reading

Secret supper clubs test appetite for cannabis-infused food ahead of legalization

Chefs are eagerly awaiting pot edibles to become legal in Canada

Joint inspection planned for missing journalist at Saudi Consulate

Turkish officials have said they fear a Saudi hit team killed and dismembered Washington Potst reporter Jamal Khashoggi

Sears files for bankruptcy amid plunging sales, massive debt

The company started as a mail order catalogue in the 1880s

BREAKING: Prince Harry and Meghan expecting their 1st child in spring

The announcement of the pregnancy confirms weeks of speculation from royal watchers

Enbridge to begin building road to access pipeline explosion site in B.C.

An explosion Tuesday knocked out a 91-centimetre line

Nearly all available houses sold in Kitimat

Overflow buyers are now looking to Terrace for property after LNG announcement

Andrew Scheer on revamped NAFTA deal: ‘I would have signed a better one’

Conservative leader says he wouldn’t have signed USMCA

Matheson will have NHL hearing after Canucks rookie Pettersson hit

The 19-year-old Swedish centre appeared woozy after the hit

GUEST COLUMN: A better way to manage B.C.’s public construction

Claire Trevena responds to Andrew Wilkinson on NDP union policy

Most Read