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Viaduct neighbours discouraged after meeting with city

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.

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Pete

and just seven blocks west, at least one dead and two others critically injured barely 12 hours later, while racing along the viaducts approach to this very street VPD says speed was a factor, the mangled wreck can be seen some 50metres from residential homes
http://www.news1130.com/2013/02/08/speed-a-factor-in-fatal-crash-in-downtown-vancouver/

February 08, 2013 at 11:17 am
Rossco

Long ago Vancouver refused the idea of limited access roads or high ways through town. Now you have residential streets such as Knight, Granville, and Oak acting as poor highways. Greater Vancouver needs main roads with sufficient green barriers separating the traffic from residenses. Think the highway through Richmond.

February 08, 2013 at 9:34 am