Ministry must consider other options for interchange

The project will have a devastating effect on Cuthbert Holmes Park which will lose 1.4 hectares

I am very disappointed that the Ministry of Transportation has chosen the partial cloverleaf option for the McKenzie interchange. It will have huge impacts on the residential areas, the three schools and parks in the immediate area.

The project will have a devastating effect on Cuthbert Holmes Park which will lose 1.4 hectares. (The land that they claim is replacing that is mere roadside scrubland that has appeared to be part of the park for decades.)

Traffic using the cloverleaf exit ramp will be brought much closer to the residential neighbourhood. Marigold school property has already been expropriated and all the native vegetation (including mature Garry oaks) screening Marigold and Spectrum schools from the highway is going to be destroyed. And traffic travelling up McKenzie will still be required to stop at a traffic light before reaching yet another light at Burnside Road.

The ministry needs to look forward and not build massive infrastructure like this so close to schools and residential neighbourhoods. I do not oppose “fixing” the intersection but would like the ministry to reconsider other options that create a smaller footprint and less negative impact on the local community.

Katherine Brandt

 

Saanich

 

 

Just Posted

Saanich Mayor says ‘no costs asked of municipality’ for proposed film studio

Mayor Fred Haynes made that comment after questions from watchdog group

RCMP confirm foul play in death of 60-year-old Metchosin man

Police believe crime an isolated incident

Researchers head out from Sidney to explore Canada’s largest underwater volcano

The Explorer Seamount is as large as Greater Vancouver and full of previously undiscovered species

Police seek witnesses after man assaulted at Central Saanich bus stop

Man found Saturday on Keating X Road remains in serious condition at Victoria General Hospital

RCMP identify Sidney bank robbery suspect, believe he is still on Vancouver Island

Warrant issued for arrest of North Vancouver man for TD Bank robbery

VIDEO: Dashcam video captures moment Victoria cyclist struck

Police seeking cyclist captured in video

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Canadian is detained in China on drug allegations: Chinese government

Detention of a Canadian in China comes as part a diplomatic dispute triggered by arrest of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou

Rare white ravens spotted again in mid-Island

Nature photographer Mike Yip said mysterious birds back in Coombs area

CO’s call off efforts to trap bear who attacked North Island man

Woss man recuperating after incident on remote logging road

Too much time on social media can hurt teens’ mental health: study

Researchers conducted a four-year survey of more than 3,800 adolescents between Grades 7 and 11

Advocates want charges in horse deaths during Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races

Chuckwagon races are a nightly spectacle during the Stampede, a 10-day annual celebration of western life

Most Read