Future generations will have to cope with our decisions

To the editor:

Re: Expand the Highway, letter from Michael West of Calgary, Sept 14 Capital News.

Thank you for your letter Michael. Over the last 12 years, a group of people in Kelowna have been promoting a Highway 97 expansion by recommending the elevation of the highway over the present road.

Two local professionals—a highway engineer and an architect, supported by an additional engineer who has plied his profession in other countries—presented an efficient raised road concept that would have alleviated this traffic congestion problem that exists at the approach to the bridge. All to no avail.

It has never been made clear to us just why city council said no to this world wide used solution to traffic congestion. However, an effort is being made to temporarily make driving conditions better for people like yourself and those of us who have to deal with this problem on a daily basis.

We, as human beings, make decisions, sometimes incorrect, that affect so many others. The generation of your age is obviously going to have to cope with this generation’s input. Maybe you will someday move to this town and spearhead a solution to this traffic congestion problem that will be with us until new minds rethink the decisions of the past.

Barry Patterson,


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