The intersection of Maryland Road and Highway 19A is one of four that a recent city traffic study found warrants for a traffic light, and it will get it before the year is out.

Long-contentious Campbell River intersection to get traffic light this fall

Maryland and Highway 19A was found to be one of four spots that merritt a traffic light

Residents at the southernmost end of Campbell River will soon have one new way to get out of their subdivision and one that is much more controlled than before.

At this week’s meeting of city council, the city approved the tender for a traffic light at the intersection of Maryland Road and Highway 19A, meaning the lights are officially three to four months away from being installed and fully operational.

The intersection has long been a point of contention in the south end. Residents of the subdivision had been complaining about safety issues at that intersection due to increased residential buildout in the area over the years, and in a 2017 traffic study, it was highlighted as one of four intersections that warranted a traffic light.

The light was approved in December of 2017, but staff then needed to design the intersection and signalling before putting the work out to tender.

The city had budgeted $225,000 for the lighting, but two of the three bids the city received came in well under that, which caught the attention of Coun. Michele Babchuk.

“I’m just wondering why there was such a big difference (in bid amounts)?” Babchuk asked. “But to add to that, knowing that some of the other traffic lights we’ve put in have been upwards of $400,000, why is this one coming in so low?”

Clinton Crook, the city’s purchasing and risk management officer, says that the third bid was from a company in the Lower Mainland, “so obviously they have additional costs to come over here to do the work,” and the city’s general manager of asset and operations, Dave Morris, says the lower cost of this particular set of lights “is that this is only a three-way (intersection), so it is cheaper, accordingly.”

The three-to-four-month timeline on that project, Morris says, “is because it’s all custom equipment so it takes a little while to have it made,” adding that while there may be some traffic disruption while the work takes place, he doesn’t expect it will be significant.

“I don’t anticipate any detours or anything,” he says. “There will probably be some alternating one-way traffic at times, but there will be notification given and that would be specific to the actual installation, so it will be relatively short.”

RELATED: Four intersections warrant better traffic control, study reveals

RELATED: Maryland and 19A to get its traffic light

“There’s going to be a lot of happy people down in that subdivision,” Coun. Charlie Cornfield says, recognizing that the city has been receiving complaints from residents and requests to address that intersection for years.

Meanwhile, the work continues on the intersection of Willow Creek Road and Jubilee Parkway to add another entrance into the area. That work is also nearing completion, but the city can’t give an exact timeline on that intersection opening, Morris says, because they’re not the ones doing the work. That work is being done by the developer of the subdivision as a requirement of the development permits given by the city.

Morris says he fully expects it to be open and operational before the end of summer.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Disaster risk reduction course open to Campbell River high school students this fall

SRD protective services coordinator hopes program will eventually become integrated into curriculum

Large sections of Baikie Island Nature Reserve in Campbell River still in need of major attention

Greenways Land Trust has been looking for almost $1 million to address south side of conservancy

VIDEO: Break-in third this year at Indigenous art stores in Campbell River

Awatin Aboriginal Arts robbed for second time in 2019; Wei Wai Kum House of Treasures robbed in June

Artists ‘battle’ it out in Campbell River’s downtown

The excitement of Art Battle hit Campbell River’s streets Wednesday night as… Continue reading

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

UPDATE: West Kelowna fawn euthanized, not claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer has been euthanized after a suitable home was not found in time

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Most Read