Another roundabout request in Qualicum Beach

Residents point to accidents and safety concerns at the intersection of Qualicum Road and Village Way

Qualicum Woods residents are asking town council for improvements to the intersection at Qualicum Road and Village Way.

“Traffic is increasing and is no longer safe at this intersection,” Carol Dowe told council Monday night on behalf of the Qualicum Woods Residents’ Association.

She said that along with the general population increase over the years, there is more traffic using Qualicum Road to get up to Rupert Road and the Inland Highway and safety is becoming an issue.

She quoted ICBC statistics that there were 15 accidents reported from 2009-13 and “I’ve spoken with a family on that corner who informed me there have been many fender benders, they are constantly sweeping up broken glass and those accidents are not necessarily reported.”

She quoted from a number of letters from residents with stories of close calls and scary incidents of people running to get across Village Way, referring to “mom’s with strollers, seniors with canes and children going to school.”

While Dowe said they like the idea of the proposed roundabout, they recognize it is a big cost, long term project and asked the town to look into installing a pedestrian controlled traffic light in the interim.

She said their research indicated it could be done for around $30,000 and the equipment could be re-purposed if a roundabout is built.

The resident’s group suggests that with a pedestrian crossing, “perhaps a fatal accident can be avoided.”

Over the past few years, town council has also had discussions regarding roundabouts for intersections at Village Way/Memorial and Village Way/Island Highway.