Temporary traffic calming installed on Gellatly Road detour
June 06, 2014 - 12:54 PM
In an effort to slow down motorists, the District of West Kelowna is installing three temporary speed bumps on the Gellatly Road detour route on Carrall Road.
“Every day, we receive a call from someone who lives on that detour route and is angry about the speed of traffic going by,” says Mayor Doug Findlater. “I know many motorists hate speed bumps, but we have tried advising people to slow down, we lowered the speed limit to 30 km/hr and we have asked RCMP to step up patrols, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping some speeders on these residential streets.”
The speed bumps will force traffic to go slow and will improve safety on this narrow, winding local road.
“The emergency repairs have begun but this is a significant project and we are still weeks away from completion,” says Mayor Findlater. “It’s a lot to ask of residents on Carrall and Witt Roads to put up with when the volume of traffic on their roads has significantly increased and some people aren’t obeying the speed limit. We hope that this move will mean all motorists using the detour route will slow down.”
Gellatly Road, from approximately Witt Road to Angus Drive, remains closed as the District, with the support of the Regional Emergency Program and Emergency Management BC, conducts emergency repairs to shore up the bank of the road which runs parallel to Smith Creek. A Local State of Emergency has been called and the Regional Emergency Program has established a Level 1 Emergency Operations Centre to assist in managing this situation. The road was closed on May 2 after geotechnical and hydrological studies indicated erosion of the bank on the west side of the road was threatening road and utilities infrastructure and the situation was likely to worsen.
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