Plans released for Trans-Canada Highway intersection upgrades

Proposed design for Revelstoke's Trans-Canada Highway intersection upgrade will include roundabouts and some left turn restrictions

This image shows the proposed changes to the Mutas Road intersection.

The proposed design for Revelstoke’s Trans-Canada Highway intersection upgrade will include roundabouts and some left turn restrictions, according to drawings provided to the Review.

“There’s changes, but I think for most drivers the changes will be fairly favourable, fairly easy to navigate,” said Mike Thomas, the City of Revelstoke’s director of engineering.

An open house on the preliminary design plans for Revelstoke’s beleaguered Trans-Canada Highway intersection will take place at the community centre on Wednesday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m.

The intersection is home to McDonald’s, A&W, Shell, Tim Horton’s, & Super 8 Motel, and is soon to be home to a Petro Canada and Starbucks.

The proposal includes roundabouts at Victoria Road and Wright Street, and Laforme Boulevard and Fraser Drive (the turn-off to the Chevron). It also includes  modifications to the Mutas Road intersection that would, most notably, eliminate left turns out of the McDonald’s loop and into the Shell station.

The open house will be the first opportunity for the public to get a look at and provide feedback on the proposed designs for improving the troubled intersection. It has grown increasingly problematic in recent years as traffic into town has increased. The city and local businesses have had to hire people to direct traffic on busy summer weekends.

Thomas said there will be one proposal presented at the open house.

“We did look at a couple of options but as we went through the process, we ruled them out either form a ministry perspective or a space a perspective, or the traffic wasn’t going to improved with doing certain things,” Thomas said.

A second meeting involving the businesses that will be directly impacted and other stakeholders such as the Ministry of Transportation is also being held.

“We wanted to make sure the immediately effected stakeholders have a chance to review it,” said Thomas. “The idea is to present it, get feedback from the stakeholders and the public, let council have a look at it as well and see what the overall perspective from the community is on these proposed changes.

PHOTO: An image showing the overall Trans-Canada Highway  intersection plan, including two roundabouts. ~ McElhanney Consulting Services, City of Revelstoke

In November, the city hired McElhanney Consulting Services to prepare design options for the intersection, and manage the construction, which is expected to take place this fall.

“The concept has been developed by McElhanney with input from city and ministry staff,” said Thomas. “As you know, it’s a challenging intersection.”

Thomas said they’re seeking to keep through traffic to Columbia Park flowing, while also making it easier for drivers coming of the highway to make it through the intersection. One thing they are trying to do is stop traffic from crossing Victoria Road from the McDonald’s loop to the Shell station.

The budget for the project in the 2016-20 Financial Plan is $1.1 million.

 

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

Just Posted

Four staff members at the Okanagan Men’s Centre have tested positive for COVID-19 since Oct. 23, 2020. (Adult and Teen Challenge OMC photo)
Four positive COVID-19 cases at Okanagan Men’s Centre

Those affected are staff and have been in isolation since Oct. 23

Vince Schnabl looks at the view this October from the Gorge, west of Revelstoke. (Photo by Jon Wichett)
There’s 3 times more snow near Revelstoke than usual

According to 54 years of data from Parks Canada for Glacier National Park

Mail in ballot, provincial election 2020. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Mail-in-ballots coming in from Columbia River Revelstoke

In a progress report Elections BC said around 45 per cent of those issued have been returned

Mayor Gary Sulz (centre) cuts the ribbon for the new roundabout. Councillor Jackie Rhind (left) and Councillor Cody Younker (right) are on either side. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Revelstoke’s newest roundabout opens on Victoria Rd.

The project took approximately six months to complete

Revelstoke Drill Hall as it looked July 19, 1970; current home of Trans-Canada Fitness. (Estelle Dickey/Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 392)
Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Oct. 29

Local history straight from the newspaper archives

A woman wears a face mask and plastic gloves while browsing books as a sticker on the floor indicates a one-way direction of travel between shelves of books at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch, after it and four other branches reopened with limited services, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
B.C. reports 234 new COVID cases, 1 death of senior who had attended small birthday party

Roughly 5,700 people are isolating due to being exposed to a confirmed case

Superintendent of the Kelowna RCMP, Kara Triance. (Capital News file)
Non-violent crime, small population contributes to Kelowna’s crime rate spike, says RCMP

Kelowna RCMP is assuring the public the city is a safe place

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Crime up 31 per cent in Vernon in 2019: Statistics Canada

Increase includes a 45 per cent rise in violent Criminal Code violations

A Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020 apartment fire in Penticton killed two and displaced dozens more. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Fatal Penticton apartment fire deemed accidental

The blaze gutted an apartment building on Tuesday morning, killing two people and displacing dozens

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Interior Health reports seven more COVID-19 cases

Eighty-nine cases remain active, none of whom are currently hospitalized

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Burnaby RCMP responded to a dine-and-dash suspect who fell through a ceiling in March 2020. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Suspected dine-and-dasher falls through ceiling of Burnaby restaurant

A woman believed to be dashing on her restaurant bill fell through the kitchen ceiling

This Photoshopped version of the crosswalks near the entrance to the Salmon Arm Arts Centre on Hudson Avenue show what is proposed to help create safety for and show inclusivity to the LGBTQ2S+ community. (Salmon Arm Arts Centre image)
Tri-rainbow crosswalk and Progress flag requested to help make Salmon Arm safe

Council will consider budget requests to help make city inclusive to LBGTQ2S+ community

A can of Canada Dry Ginger Ale is shown in Toronto on Thursday Oct. 29, 2020. The maker of Canada Dry Ginger Ale has agreed to pay over $200,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit launched by a B.C. man who alleged he was misled by marketing suggesting the soda had medicinal benefits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joseph O’Connal
B.C. man’s lawsuit over marketing of Canada Dry ginger ale settled for $200K

Soda’s maker, Canada Dry Mott’s Inc., denied the allegations and any liability

Most Read