Silver Star residents moan about multi-use path traffic delays

Project causing headaches

Traffic disruptions caused by work on the Silver Star Road multi-use path are starting to rankle some residents.

"As a community, residents have had this diversion now since March, a one-kilometre detour at 30 km/h up Star Road. Still no end in sight," Andrew Sizer posted in the Vernon & Area Community Alternative Forum on Facebook.

Sizer questions why the Silver Star diversion needs to be in place 24/7, "when nothing at all is been done on the weekend, and weekdays before 7 a.m. and after 4 p.m."

He complains that dump trucks are scheduled during peak commute times, "closing the downhill section altogether" and adds: "Why are we concentrating on a path, when both Star Road and Silver Star Road are in such a poor state of repair?"

The $5.9-million project will connect the Foothills neighbourhood with Pleasant Valley Road.

Coun. Scott Anderson, admin of the Facebook group, responded the pathway "has been years in the making, with strong demand behind it from parents and residents."

Anderson said council can't "micromanage" projects or the work of the city would "churn to a halt."

The project is due for completion later this year.

The city's website shows that Silver Star Road will be closed south of East Dedecker Road at the end of the school year. A detour will be in place down East Dedecker to L&A Road while the contractor installs storm main and related infrastructure.

The project includes road realignment, the three-metre separated multi-use path, ditching, signalized crosswalks, curbs and gutters, along with relocation of catch basins and hydro poles.

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