To the editor,
As someone who drives down Boundary Crescent to access the Island Highway via Northfield, I have been anticipating the new and ‘better’ access which has been a long time in coming. But is it better?
Granted, there wasn’t much to work with, i.e. federal, provincial, and municipal as well as geographic restrictions, but you are no longer allowed to turn left from Boundary onto Northfield and therefore the traffic will increase through the residential neighbourhoods that surround the Northfield-Boundary access points. Where does the city expect commuters to access Northfield now? Along Dougan? That’s not a main thoroughfare – Boundary is.
And what about making access to the north turn lane for the Island Highway ‘better?’ You still have to wait at Boundary if there are more than three vehicles, thereby blocking vehicles that only want to turn south onto the highway. This whole ‘better’ solution to the headache area of Boundary-Northfield-old Island Highway is going to cause just as many issues as the previous layout. It took away the left turning vehicles onto Northfield, but in reality, people were quite courteous about creating their own two lanes (left and right) to access Northfield Road. A much better solution may have been one of those big roundabouts (like on Rutherford Road). As much as people here in North America don’t know how to navigate them properly, having two lanes to access northbound and/or southbound traffic on the Island Highway would have been having some foresight.
And how about that horrible fake grass? Don’t get me started on that one.
T. Wallace, Nanaimo
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