One-way changes in sights

Two current downtown Vernon two-way streets could be changed to one-way only

Two current downtown Vernon two-way streets could be changed to one-way only.

City of Vernon staff received council approval in principle to change 28th and 29th Avenues, between 29th and 30th Streets, to one-way roads as part of a major 2016 capital road project.

“The proposed changes would allow traffic and parking management on 28th and 29th Avenues to introduce a one-way couplet to enable the implementation of angled parking,” wrote city transportation engineer Amanda Watson in a report to council.

Under the proposed changes, traffic on 28th Avenues would flow east-to-west and vehicles on 29th Avenue would move west-to-east.

“There are currently 48 (parking) stalls in this area and, with these proposed changes, there would be 49 stalls,” said Watson.

The changes were first introduced, and agreed to by the council of the day, in 2010.

While giving its approval in principle, the current council also directed staff to seek adjacent properties and public input on the changes.

Staff must also consult with the Downtown Vernon Association board, and the city’s transportation and advisory planning committees, in regards to the proposal.