SATURDAY MORNING EDITORIAL — After four months and $1.8 million, the intersection in front of Kamloops City Hall is a major disappointment.
It looks like a coach’s chalk board scrawled out with a minute left in the game.
The worst part of it, of course, is the elimination of the lefthand turn off the 100-block Victoria Street onto First Avenue. It’s a reduction in service.
The question is, then, what was gained for those many weeks of inconvenience and expense?
Sure, there were the upgrades to utilities and there’s no question it will look prettier. But the main purpose of the intersection, traffic, is worse now than before the project began. People will need to be excused for asking what bonehead drew out the new configuration on the back of a napkin.
Engineers have their reasons for such things. A traffic signal just wouldn’t work, we’re told. Neither would a roundabout, despite it being a perfect scenario for one (apparently, there wasn’t enough room).
But this one is going to take some getting used to.