VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The people living in Strathcona are disappointed that Vancouver city staff have come up with no changes to their viaduct plans.
Staff are scheduled to take the latest plans to city council for consideration in March.
Neighbours were expecting revisions that would alleviate the expected increase of traffic along Prior Street, if the Dunsmuir and Georgia Viaducts are removed.
But following a meeting with city staff on Wednesday, Pete Fry with the Strathcona Residents Association feels there is nothing new in the latest plans.
“We were hoping to see some kind of real progressive strategy. We feel the Eastern Core traffic strategy is a necessary component of any viaduct removal scheme,” explains Fry.
“But the city says it’s far too complicated to consider at this point. Right now it seems the impetus is being driven by the need to develop the area where the viaducts are because there are some big real estate players.”
He says Prior is already treacherous enough, pointing to an accident Thursday morning, which saw a driver plow a car into a home on the street.
Neighbours fear eliminating the viaducts will put added pressure on a street that was never meant to handle large volumes of traffic.