Mayor backs overnight safety measure for Lions Gate Bridge
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#1 Dec 2, 2012
the major of w.van is out too lunch as the center lane of the lions gate bridge is closed every night.
North Vancouver, Canada
#2 Dec 25, 2012
Mayor Smith would be better advised to look for ways to add traffic lanes at the First Narrows crossing rather than cutting down on the three that are in existence. The problem with knee-jerk reactions is that they often end up making a situation worse rather than better; in this case, having the middle lane closed will encourage drivers traveling with a greater sense of urgency than the car ahead to use the center lane for overtaking. This creates, in effect, the dreaded and deadly three lane highway.
And while the Mayor is looking to restrict traffic flow in and out of Vancouver, he and Council have given the go-ahead for a massive new condo scheme in and around Park Royal. Not only will these new units add to the lengthy and extremely costly delays West Vancouver residents already face in getting in and out of downtown, the well planned road system around the Mall has been vandalized by neo-planners who share one telling trait with Pooh the Bear: they both are mammals of very little brain.
Where there was a heavily used overpass, that allowed movement between the North and South Malls, without restricting traffic on traffic on Marine Drive, we are now forced into a busy intersection. Indeed, the various and well planned routes around the Park Royal Mall not only facilitated shoppers but relieved pressure on that atrocity of an intersection at Marine and Taylor. To add insult to injury, the traffic scheme around the Mall has been reduced to a sad joke of a maze, where motorists are frequently forced into areas of the Mall where they had no intention of going and no business to conduct, and away from the shops they had hoped to stop at!
It isn't as though Marine and Taylor, and the delays getting over the Lions Gate bridge are a recent problem. It has been a choke point going back at least 40 years. No doubt better numbers exist, but I did some quick calculations and estimate the cost in time lost is about $150 million per year. I feel this estimate is conservative. Mayor Smith, I would direct you back to which ever business primer you may have used, to the section on prioritization. You may well be upset over a horrific accident, but the people of West Vancouver need and deserve a leader that has his eye on the fundamentals rather than the latest News item.
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