City looks to avoid hazard

Coun. Bob Spiers asked city staff Monday to consider a specific route for trucks hauling potentially dangerous substances

An accident that devastated a Quebec town has a Vernon official wanting to avoid a disaster here.

Coun. Bob Spiers asked city staff Monday to consider a specific route for trucks hauling potentially dangerous substances and for signage to be installed.

“There is no hazardous material route so trucks don’t know where to go,” he said.

“I’ve heard from people who say hazardous material trucks have wound up in neighbourhoods.”

It’s believed about 50 people were killed when a train carrying oil crashed in Lac-Megantic, Que.

Presently, there are designated routes for all truck transport in Vernon but nothing specifically for vehicles with hazardous materials.

“My idea is it should only be the highway,” said Spiers.

However, challenges could come from only permitting hazardous material haulers on 32nd or 27th streets, which have heavy traffic volumes.

“Population density is a challenge,” said Rob Dickinson, the city’s engineering manager, adding  that both streets go right through the heart of Vernon.

“You have to look at what is the quickest way to get them through town.”

Movement of hazardous materials will be considered as part of a review of the city’s transportation plan.