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Why is detour one way?

I had the misfortune to have to travel to Big White this week.

I timed my trip around the info on Castanet, which said the repair work on Highway 33 was between 8:45 a.m. and noon. I set off at 1:45 p.m. only to stop 10 minutes later about 200 metres from the Goudie Road detour.

Obviously, they hadn't finished.

While I patiently waited for over 20 minutes, I noted that at random times a stray car or a bunch of oncoming cars would come past, and I wondered what the hold up was. 

Goudie Road has two lanes with a yellow painted centre line and yet, for some reason, someone decided to make the entire length of road into a one-way detour route and impose alternating traffic restrictions, resulting in long lineups with wait times of over 30 minutes. 

Goudie Road is 99.9 per cent unaffected by flooding, with only a very small section, about 100-150 feet, that has been affected and temporarily repaired.

This section has a restricted width, which is totally understandable. But, why is the detour the entire length of Goudie Road? For the sake of two more flaggers, one placed either side of this road restriction where it narrows to a single lane, there would not be 30-minute-plus waits while the convoy of detoured vehicles traverses the entire length before traffic held up on the highway is allowed to make its way.

These waits are made even longer when a fully loaded semi has to wind its way up and down the hills with a queue of cars behind it, and yet there is a completely empty oncoming lane that isn't being utilized to get people on their way.

When Goudie Road isn't a detour route, it is a two-lane road, so why make it into a single lane and inconvenience hundreds of commuters?

John Staring



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