Letter: Big White Road not much better after upgrade

Most skiers say the whole thing was a complete waste of money.

To the editor:

I have the privilege of driving up to Big White over the ski season. I would like to offer up some comments regarding the experiences I have had.

Taxpayers paid for an $11-million “upgrade” to the Big White turn off. They moved the intersection up the highway a bit and had advertised a passing lane would be installed. Well the passing lane starts about 100 metres below the turn off so every day hundreds of vehicles get stuck behind chip trucks doing 20 km/h up the long grade. Most skiers say the whole thing was a complete waste of money.

On weekdays there is active logging going on up Big White road. That means that almost every time you come down you are going to be stuck behind a fully loaded logging truck which must take the hairpin turns very, very slowly. These people have a right to make a living but sure upset thousands of people every day. Some drivers have the decency to pull over just before the highway, but many do not.

A good portion of Hwy. 33 has been posted at 100 km/h now. Very few drive it that fast as it has many curves and driveways. Most drivers will travel the speed that is reasonable. What is not, is having the section between Black Mountain and Springfield posted at 60. It is four lanes, there are only two farm driveways and everyone does 80. The police often set up a “fishing hole” at the curve, bringing much extra revenue. This section needs to be changed to 80.

Finally, a general comment about B.C. drivers. Why do so many of you disable your daytime running lights? About 10 per cent of the vehicles I see do not have them. Since they have been legally required to be installed for 20 years it can only mean they are intentionally disabled. There is no law requiring them to be active but it sure makes sense when you are on a mountain road with blowing snow or fog.

Bruce Stevenson,

Kelowna

 

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