One-way hits roadblock in Enderby

Council members decided Monday to scrap plans for one-way traffic on Belvedere Street from Cliff to Mill avenues.

A  major traffic change has hit a dead end in downtown Enderby.

Council members decided Monday to scrap plans for  one-way traffic on Belvedere Street from Cliff to Mill avenues.

“A traffic engineer has said it (two-way traffic) is a hazard but people are not content with it being one-way,” said Coun. Tundra Baird.

The city had proposed the change because of safety concerns for motorists attempting to access Cliff Avenue from Belvedere Street.

“A lot of people in town have missed the fact that the road (Belvedere) is too narrow,” said Coun. Greg McCune.

“If you have two large trucks, you can’t even get them to pass each other. It’s a tricky road to travel down as is.”

A majority of residents who provided input on the one-way street concept were opposed, with many  of them saying it would simply push traffic to other intersections.

“They all had good reasons,” said Coun. Earl Shipmaker of the public feedback.

“We need to look at the whole road network.”

The city will now review Belvedere and Maud streets and see what improvements to traffic flow can be made. Among the possibilities is a three-way stop.

“We have to find a way to reduce the risk. There are too many crosswalks overlapping and the sightlines are nil,” said Baird.