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Overlander Drive improvements on the way

Parking restrictions, line painting and a pedestrian crosswalk will all be added to Overlander Drive in an effort to make the area safer for drivers and pedestrians.
July 17, 2013 - 5:03 PM

KAMLOOPS – A petition to city council at the end of April has been heard and staff will begin the process of finalizing designs for parking and pedestrian restrictions after council approves the budget Tuesday.

The more than 60 residents in the Overlander Drive area of Westsyde that were part of a petition calling on the city to make the stretch of road safer for drivers and pedestrians were told they would have to wait for a response until staff put together a report on the pedestrian and parking concerns.

That report came to council this week following a two hour study period spent on Overlander Drive near the Hamlets and the Cooper's Foods shopping complex. The study period included talking to the business owners and residents to talk about what is needed to make the area safer.

Staff said some of the work is only anticipated for next year the recommendations were to implement safety and parking matters—including some parking restrictions, line painting and crosswalk marking—this year.

Part of the funding for the project will come from the shopping centre, which made a development contribution to go towards sidewalks. The part of the project planned for this year will only cost a few thousand dollars.

Coun. Marg Spina decided to take on the intersection at Overland Drive and Westsyde Road as part of a long-term plan for the area. She wanted to know if staff had considered a traffic calming circle for the intersection since it seemed to work so well in Dallas. While staff said the roundabout likely wouldn't meet the necessary criteria it was an option that could be looked at for slowing down traffic in the area.

To contact a reporter for this story, email jstahn@infotelnews.ca, call (250)819-3723 or tweet @JennStahn.

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