Q&A - When is a Construction Zone Really a Construction Zone?
The off road construction on Campbell Hill, Westbank side of the Kelowna bridge, highway 97.
Equipment and personnel are not on the highway or possess hazardous physically access the vicinity of traffic lanes on that stretch of highway unless their stupidity violates common sense. Their work area is protected off to the side with crash cement barriers throughout the area…. So why the signs “construction zone”?
YET further along the highway: still on the Westbank side, in the area of 97 Hwy & Butt Rd or 97 Hwy & Hudson …. Weeks now, men with operating equipment working on rapid bus stop insert are right next to traffic flow. No change in speed signs or construction restrictions and they are probably in greater danger because of left & right turns, yellow lights with high volume of double flow traffic lanes. They operate from meager orange marker cones or minor tape barriers. Are they second class or different from the workers at Campbell road …not permitted in having protective barriers or even construction signs…..? I just don’t get it. Is it that no one wants to interfere with the already poor traffic flow at Butt & Hwy 97 but we can cause congested traffic at the bridge.
Summary: There exists a public perception of the Campbell ticket area (wonder how many) represents yet another high density “cash grab”.
Not the ideal RCMP Public relations. Why restrict traffic at the bridge which we hope was designed to keep the traffic moving…. RCMP stopping cars in an area where no off road “ticketing area” is available ( yet they pull people alongside the concrete barriers causing confusion or two lanes to merge merging into one. Ridiculously hazardous when working too close to the traffic lanes; placing RCMP & motorist at risk.
I would hate to see an officer or even an innocent motorist be the focus of a serious preventable accident followed by a liability law case…………..A possible future article by you may convince your former colleagues and Ministry of Transportation to cease the practice, return to the designated speed flow and when REAL construction interferes with traffic: then institute a Construction Zone. Keep crying “wolf” with trumped up construction zones only detracts from the serious acceptance that it is a construction zone. Reminds me of stretches of highways were lazy construction crews leave the signs up for days but they are nowhere in sight….just another cry wolf scenario.
The culprit is the Ministry of Transportation , without really thinking or investigating the situation, may have unknowingly approved a blanket “construction zone” designation. Thus causing a life threaten problem for RCMP & motorist that could be avoided in this particular Campbell Road phase of construction. I would suggest that technically, with the barriers, a Construction Zone does not exist. Eventually someone will probably, if not already, challenge the issue in court. Campbell hill detracts from the seriousness WHEN there is a bona fide CONSTRUCTION AREA and workers are really at risk.
Hopefully your comments can either correct the injustice, turn the dumb decision against the political mandarins or help to support for the RCMP in gaining creditability. RCMP are not the cause: yet they face the public and the perception of using this ill-advised construction zone as another “cash grab”.