Safer Turning on Highway 3 Coming to Anarchist Mountain Developments
Thanks to a government pilot project, motorists turning from Highway 3 into their respective OMEI and Regal Ridge developments, will be much safer. The pilot project involves installing a single, portable traffic circle, which will be resident at each development intersection, for a period of time. After that period of time, it will be moved to the next development intersection.
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure received many complaints over the last few years, on how dangerous it is to make these turns in a safe manner, especially during tourist season. The idea behind the pilot project is to lay down a temporary traffic circle, with ample signage, and monitor the traffic flows, as the circle is moved to and from each developmental intersection, to see if more portable circles can be introduced over the upcoming years. It is anticipated, the circle will be moved every 8-10 days, weather permitting.
Spokesperson Blaire Trevena* explained the challenges with this idea. “The primary challenge is the trucking industry” Trevena says. Normally, portable traffic circles cannot accommodate the turning radius of some of the larger trucks. Trevena explains that all traffic, with the exception of trucks with 53ft and larger trailers, must reduce their speed to 30 Km/h to negotiate the traffic circle. However, large trucks will remain unimpeded for their speed, as they will have a special right of way lane that cuts through the traffic circle.
When asked if the Trucking right of way lane, was itself introducing a hazard, Trevena replied that in their studies, this had shown to be an extra incentive to be superfluously careful in the traffic circle.
The first location of the traffic circle will be at the Bullmoose development intersection. There seems to be an extraordinary amount of close calls on this section of highway. Trevena brushed the notion aside that there are a high concentration of AMCS volunteer fire people that live in that area, and assures the public that these volunteers are every bit as good of drivers as normal people.
One person was contacted to get their reaction to the portable traffic circle. Overall, they like the idea, but expressed concern that the portable traffic circle does not accommodate a pedestrian crosswalk,nor does it address the very serious situation of bike traffic. When asked about this, Trevena admitted these were valid concerns, and noted them for further study.
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