Councillor worried about highway traffic as city grows

A Kamloops city councillor, who has noticed an influx of highway traffic in Valleyview, is concerned city growth could only make the problem worse — and government officials aren’t planning for improvements any time soon.

Coun. Dale Bass last week during council’s regular meeting raised the issue of traffic on the East Trans Canada Highway.

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“Once they do build that new extension in Juniper, going to the West, which is going to happen in the next few years — that’s more traffic,” Bass told KTW. “There’s so much development out in the far end of Dallas. That’s more traffic.”

The highway falls under the provincial purview.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says its focus remains on four-laning Highway 1 between Kamloops and the Alberta border.

“We recognize that municipal growth and residential development are leading to traffic delays along Highway 1 in Valleyview during peak hours,” a ministry spokesperson wrote in an email statement to this newspaper. “The ministry is committed to working with the City of Kamloops to find ways to keep municipal traffic and through traffic moving effectively along this corridor.”

It also added ministry staff monitor the highway and regularly adjusts signal times to keep traffic flowing, especially during summer traffic increases.

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