A Lake Country politician wants to put the brakes on what he sees as abuse of a local road.
Once the district owns Pelmewash Parkway, Coun. Owen Dickie wants the old highway along Wood Lake closed to commercial through traffic.
“It should be a recreational corridor and more people are walking it and more people are cycling it,” he said.
“But it’s become a bypass for the highway and it’s still a narrow road.”
Some commercial trucks travelling between Kelowna and Vernon are using Pelmewash Parkway to avoid the hill on the new, upper-level Highway 97, but Dickie says that puts the public increasingly at risk.
Dickie points out, though, that he is just talking about through traffic and not commercial vehicles serving businesses and residents along the route.
“If a commercial vehicle is making a delivery to Ponderosa Road, it has to be able to use Pelmewash Parkway.”
Dickie also wants to see $35,000 budgeted for 2016 for speed tables at 500 metre intervals on Pelmewash Parkway.
“It’s very easy to speed on the road. We need to do something to control the speed,” he said.
Presently, the speed limit is 50 kilometres an hour.
Dickie suggests the speed tables could be temporary for a few years until the road is redesigned to meet recreational objectives.
Higher gravel fees sought
There is a push for expanded revenue sources to pay for road infrastructure in Lake Country.
Coun. Owen Dickie wants the district’s soil removal and deposit fees to possibly increase from the current 50 cents a cubic metre.
“The number hasn’t changed since incorporation in 1995,” said Dickie.
Dickie says gravel trucks cause damage to local roads and the industry could help provide much-needed money to ensure the integrity of the roads.
“It’s time we brought the fee up to at least reflect inflation.”