Traffic troubles

Eaglecrest Residents' Association blasts Qualicum Beach town council regarding the intersection of Highway 19A and Village Way

The Eaglecrest Residents’ Association is not amused.

In its latest newsletter, the association blasts the Town of Qualicum Beach and its councillors for not addressing the traffic safety concerns at the Highway 19A/Village Way intersection.

“If public safety were not such a serious matter, it would be almost humorous to see how our elected officials prioritize their time and attention,” stated an unattributed portion of the newsletter. “The people involved in these accidents, the people who witness these accidents, and the people who use 19A, we’re certain, are not laughing.”

Coun. Mary Brouilette said Tuesday council is waiting for staff to bring forward some recommendations (possibly Monday), and she said she understands the frustrations of Eaglecrest residents.

“They should keep our feet to the fire,” said Brouilette. “I can totally understand their concern if it appears we are not paying any attention but I can assure them we are.”

A detailed report related to age-friendly transportation was presented to town council months ago by a consultant. A roundabout at the Village Way/ Highway19A intersection was part of that consultant’s report.

“It’s on the project priority list,” the town’s Director of Engineering Bob Weir said this week. “We have no money to build one right now, but these recommendations (from age-friendly transportation consultant) will probably form part of budget deliberations by council in the fall.”

Weir estimated a roundabout at this location would cost the town approximately $1 million.

The residents’ association newsletter stated the subject of traffic safety along 19A has been “the primary focus of previous ERA annual meetings. It is not a new topic. Unfortunately, there was another accident on July 23 at Village Way/19A. When will our town demonstrate responsible action to improve the 19A/Village Way intersection?”

Brouilette said councillors and town staff “all travel that road. We don’t want it to be dangerous. We are looking for solutions, but solutions that are in our budget.”

The ERA made reference to the most recent traffic study, received by the town in March.

“To our knowledge, none of the recommendations have been actioned by the town,” the newsletter stated. “More time, more accidents. We are determined not to allow yet another traffic study to collect dust in our town archives.”

Eaglecrest has about 750 residences and is home to about 18 per cent of the total population of Qualicum Beach.