To the editor:
Re: Kelowna city council endorses Ellis Street truck diversion to Gordon Drive.
I don’t think the city council has done their homework on the effect of approximately 600 trucks using Gordon Drive each day. I live on Gordon and I have counted 80 trucks go past my place in one hour.
According to the ministry of transportation, the guidelines for a truck route suggest a 150-metre buffer between the route and residential housing. Gordon Drive has about 500 residents and most of them live right next to the road.
That 150 metres is recommended for truck routes because research has shown that pollutant concentrations are measurable as far as 750 metres from either side of the road.
Diesel engines emit 100 more particles than normal gas engines. Diesel exhaust is a major contributor to outdoor pollution.
Diesel exhaust is believed to play a role in health problems such as cancer, eye irritation, headaches, asthma and other lung diseases, heart disease and possible immune system problems.
So why are trucks using Gordon Drive where there are so many residents, not to mention moms pushing their baby carriages and walking their children to school, subjecting them all to diesel pollution?
There is also noise pollution from the rumbling trucks and screeching brakes which shake the buildings as they go by during the day and night.
Lynda Zorn expressed the right vision, saying trucks should turn onto Spall and then onto Clement, where there aren’t many residents close to the road.
There is a left hand turn light onto Spall coming from the bridge and another advance light turn at Clement.
City council needs to do more research before they make changes to the recommended truck route in the Glenmore and Gordon Drive neighourhoods.