The proposed $10-million Summit Drive overpass to Thompson Rivers University has, understandably, fueled controversy as $10 million is a lot of taxpayer money.
Both sides of the debate present good points, but one question remains firm in my mind: If the students refuse to walk an extra block to get to the crosswalk, why would they walk an extra block to get to an overpass?
I don’t think an overpass will help the situation at all. If students insist on crossing in a particular spot (regardless of whether it is legal), they’re going to continue crossing in that particular spot (regardless of whether there is a $10-million overpass).
I agree with the letter writer who suggested jaywalking fines be used as a motivator to keep TRU students from crossing Kamloops’ streets illegally.
Perhaps TRU could (voluntarily) erect proper surveillance along its side of Summit Drive and start issuing proper disciplinary actions since the students are their burden and safety should be a priority.
When the budget for a project like this breaches double-digit millions, a public consultation and vote should be mandatory.