EDITORIAL – Time to dust off our zipper-merge driving skills again

Victoria Street West. (Image: City bridge cam)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.


After a short winter break, work on Victoria Street West is heading into the final stages, with completion expected in May.

It’s been a long haul and it will be a relief for drivers and businesses to get it done. In the meantime, though, morning commuters from the North Shore are finding it slow going. Yesterday morning, for example, the lefthand, southbound lane was backed up from one end of the bridge to the other.

The righthand lane, however, was almost devoid of traffic.

The reason? That old Canadian politeness.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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