July 07, 2016 - 10:30 AM
KAMLOOPS - The city will be looking for public feedback on the city’s traffic network next month.
With the Official Community Plan update underway, the transportation master plan is close behind. While city administration is currently discussing transportation with consultants, residents will be asked for feedback starting in August, engineering manager Deven Matkowski says.
“We’re basically reviewing our entire transportation network,” he says. “The more people we can get input from the more this will be a plan of the people instead of a plan of the planners.”
The city’s current transportation plan was last updated in 2004, Matkowski says, and is based on a plan from the 1990s. While the vehicle road network is central to the plan, cycling, walking and other forms of transportation will be taken into account.
The update review will also bring up older ideas, like a bridge from Singh Street in Brocklehurst to the south shore. Matkowski says while major plans like that are a long way off, the city needs to keep options open and plan for potential big ticket items.
The city also needs to look at old ideas to see if they’re still relevant or if new alternatives have become possible.
The update will also help plan for future projects that aren’t coming up right away, like connecting Aberdeen Drive to Copperhead Drive.
The city has been in discussion with consultants since last August. The public feedback phase starts next month and will go into the fall, but Matkowski is hoping people will start thinking about how transportation works in Kamloops over the summer.
KAMPLAN, the city’s Official Community Plan, is currently in its second phase as city administrators looks for feedback from residents on land use. Once it has been finalized sometime in 2017, Matkowski says the transportation master plan will follow three to six months later.
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