Alpine Centre strata board president Doris Linemayr says the new turn into the facility from Coldstream, and the right-turn exit out of the centre was poorly designed. The board wants it fixed. (Roger Knox/Morning Star)

Vernon business strata board complains over turn design

Turn in to Alpine Centre from Coldstream, and right-turn out deemed “dangerous” by board

Tenants at a Vernon business complex are hoping for an 11th-hour change to a new turn design into their facility.

The strata board of the Alpine Centre has contacted the City of Vernon and District of Coldstream regarding the newly designed turn in and out of the centre, located on Kal Lake Road.

“We are putting you on notice that the design of the portion of the road leading to the entrance our complex from the Coldstream side is hazardous and faulty for traffic entering and exiting our complex,” wrote the board in a letter addressed to both municipalities, along with the engineering firm in charge of the project, which has been ongoing for months.

Board president Doris Linemayr said the section of the road bordering and fronting the complex is particularly narrow in this part, and the complex traffic that has to make the almost 90-degree right turn to exit the complex to Coldstream in this tight area often drive over the sidewalk or swerve into the other lane.

Similarly, she said, it is difficult for traffic entering the complex from Coldstream. There is no dedicated left turn into the centre.

“Unlike other complexes, we have only one entrance and exit for all our traffic,” said Linemayr. “We are a busy centre and we have big delivery and service trucks making their rounds. Traffic flow is quite bearable now, as it is often a controlled one-direction flow with the work activity going on. It would be quite a horrendous situation when traffic flow goes back to normal and when there is snow accumulation on the roadsides in the winter.”

Elliot Lysyk, who has operated Arise Chiropractic Wellness Center in the complex for the past 10 years, said people turning right must yield to traffic in both directions due to the narrowness of the road at this exact point. With only one exiting lane available, Lysyk said lines of traffic waiting to exit form rapidly.

“I have already been stuck behind three or four cars awaiting exit, which congest the bridge and can cause some serious feelings of impatience,” said Lysyk. “I’ve never seen anything like this in the whole 10 years I have held a clinical practice at the centre.

“This will only become worse as traffic increases once all construction is complete.”

The board said it had an on-site meeting with both municipalities and the engineering firm over their concerns, and the strata said an easy fix to the solution is cutting back into the bike path and rounding off that whole side for an easier right turn out of the centre.

RELATED: Kalamalka Lake Road open in Vernon

“We appreciate the concerns expressed by the Alpine Centre strata association and we are listening to them,” said City of Vernon communications officer Nick Nilsen. “We have already made a change based on the recommendations they made at the meeting. Specifically, the stop line in the Alpine Centre lot will be widened by 3.5 meters. This will help vehicles position themselves better for making a safe right turn onto Kalamalka Road.”

Nilsen said it’s important to keep in mind that the new roadway was designed and constructed with safety in mind, based on traffic count evidence, using the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) roadway engineering standards for the safe and efficient movement of traffic.

“We will continue to monitor the traffic patterns and maintain contact with the strata association. It is standard on large construction projects that additional work may be required, so we will be actively monitoring the roadway to see how the lack of a left turn lane into the Alpine Centre affects traffic flow,” said Nilsen.

“If there is a negative effect, we will discuss the issue with our colleagues in Coldstream to seek solutions.”

The Alpine Centre is in Vernon whereas the left turn lane would be located in Coldstream.



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Dragon parade marks Lunar New Year at Vernon school

Students at Beairsto Elementary performed traditional dragon dance on Friday

Flooding water at West Kelowna Tim Hortons closes lane on Highway 97

This story has been updated with more accurate information. Water flooding from… Continue reading

Vernon woman suing McDonald’s for spilled coffee

Woman seeking nearly $10K, says employee failed to put lid on properly

WATCH: Vernon schools see gross effects of vaping

Kids spitting up blood a cause for concern

Melted snow uncovers problematic potholes in Vernon

Temperature swings, precipitation behind cracked pavement, city says

Women take centre stage at NHL all-star skills competition

Canada beat the United States 2-1 in a spirited 3-on-3 game between female players Friday night

Highway 1 closed near Golden for high avalanche danger

DriveBC does not give an estimation for reopening

Second earthquake in two days strikes near Agassiz

A 2.6-magnitude recorded Saturday morning

BCLC opens novelty bet on Harry and Meghan moving to the west coast

Meanwhile, real estate agency points to four possible homes for the family

Canada slips in global corruption ranking in aftermath of SNC-Lavalin scandal

The country obtained a score of 77, which places it at the top in the Americas

Wuhan bans cars, Hong Kong closes schools as coronavirus spreads

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said her government will raise its response level to emergency, highest one

In photos and video: Snow collapses cat shelter at Shuswap SPCA

Organization says no cats were injured, help wanted to rebuild

Campfires no longer permitted at Kelowna scout camp

City of Kelowna said they rejected Camp Dunlop’s fire permit due to stricter bylaws

Most Read