OUR VIEW: A way around traffic delays

Sidney can be thankful that a roundabout hasn’t drawn as much criticism and will be completed sooner than later.

When the Town of Sidney presented a communication plan around its new roundabout project at the intersection of Fifth Street and Ocean Avenue, one might have been forgiven if they thought the plan was to tell people about the project.

The plan is, however, to communicate the traffic interruptions around the site.

The project itself is already approved and is going ahead.

Judging by the lack of outcry over it, knowledge of the roundabout project itself appears widespread and residents are ready for another traffic circle to take shape.

Information about the roundabout has been readily available. The Town’s website has had links to the plans, how it’s being paid for, diagrams, reasoning and a timeline for a long while now.

The municipality has done a good job in communicating this project and seems to be taking steps to ensure drivers, residents and users of the Anacortes Ferry terminal know how to avoid the work area.

The town’s communication of the project does put into perspective the plans of its neighbouring communities to better tell its citizens about initiatives and proposals — especially those that are much more controversial.

You could say that Sidney’s traffic pattern communication plan is somewhat basic, compared with the streams of public meetings, open houses and consultative sessions over housing density in North Saanich and even a cellular tower in Central Saanich. Because of the controversy there, adequate (perhaps even more than that) public consultation is derided as not good enough.

Sidney can be thankful that a roundabout hasn’t drawn as much criticism and will be completed sooner than later.


Just Posted

UPDATE: Driver escapes from crash in Sidney

Town truck and another vehicle collide, causing van to roll over

GALLERY: Storm causes damage along the waterfront in Greater Victoria

Municipal crews are cleaning up Monday following Sunday’s high wind and waves

Woodwynn Farms to be shut down and sold

The rehabilitation program at Woodwynn Farms is being shut down. According to… Continue reading

Bob Heyes back behind Shamrocks bench for 2018 season

Art Webster, Mike Simpson, John Hamilton will also return

Coun. Fred Haynes to run for mayor against Mayor Atwell

Haynes to go head-to-head with Atwell for Saanich mayoral seat in 2018

Backyard of $2.2M Uplands property bulldozed for BMX jump track

34-year-old financial advisor fulfills childhood dream

Butchart Gardens is hiring now and paying more

Wages start at $15, job fair Feb. 20

Road conditions wreak havoc for Comox Valley drivers

Icy road conditions early Monday morning kept first responders very busy throughout… Continue reading

Cash still needed for Stelly’s Cross Path

MLA Olsen wants more specifics first

Brother of B.C. teen killed by stray bullet says the death left a void

Alfred Wong, 15, was gunned down in Vancouver while on his way home from dinner with his family

Former Victoria junior Hicketts making his NHL debut tonight

Second-year pro, Kamloops native, called up from Grands Rapids of the AHL

Movie filmed in Castlegar B.C. opens Friday

Hollow in the Land starring Dianna Agron will be playing in select cinemas.

Cougar window shops at Banff grocery store

An RCMP officer spots a cougar outside an Alberta grocery store

VIDEO: Massive waves destroy chunks of Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail

Some viewpoints will be closed for the foreseeable future because you won’t even know they were there

Most Read