In his Oct. 16 letter to The NEWS, Wally Hillier makes a case for a roundabout at Village Way and Memorial. His points are much like those I made more than five years ago for improvements at that junction, since a small roundabout there could work well.
Strangely, he undervalues patience at that intersection, while expecting it at the twice-as-complicated Village Way and 19A crossing.
Frankly, I think he should support roundabouts at both locations, even though he personally may not benefit as much.
The cyclists, pedestrians and taxpayers from Eaglecrest really need an improvement at the latter junction, so that community may be better integrated into Qualicum, instead of being cut-off by the summer traffic on 19A.
The higher speeds and the multiple ways traffic can turn there make that junction particularly problematic for locals and visitors coming down Village way and heading to the Golf Course (and vice versa).
Still, I am sure we can agree that both locations need improvements and that Qualicum taxpayers’ money should be spent on projects that directly benefit the current residents and not subsidize grandiose developments.
The question we should be asking is why is it taking so long to improve known accident zones?
Tony MarslandQualicum Beach