Letter to the Editor

Bridge decision a step backwards for Trail

"Imagine the confusion and congestion problems we would have if only one lane was open or, worst case scenario, bridge closure."

With all the controversy about the closure of the old Trail bridge, the possibility of a second bridge, and the decision to build a pipe/pedestrian bridge, I believe the latter decision is proving to be a monumental mistake.

While passing through the downtown core at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, September 28th, I found the traffic was backed up (due to maintenance on the Victoria Street bridge) from Star Grocery to the Shavers Bench turnoff.  Luckily a lane was open in both directions and it was not a peak traffic time.

Imagine the confusion and congestion problems we would have if only one lane was open or, worst case scenario, bridge closure.

What kind of future is the City of Trail contemplating by restricting river crossings from two motor vehicle bridges to one. Several decades ago those in charge of planning for the future built a second bridge which would allow access across the river should an emergency occur on either bridge.

In my opinion, the City of Trail has gone back in time and these decisions may slow or stop population growth in the Greater Trail area.

Ken Schroeder


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