Vernon wants the province to take over control of one of the city’s busiest streets.
Mayor Akbal Mund says 27th Street is used by residents from all over the area — not just the City — and it’s costly to maintain.
“It should be a provincial road and not left to Vernon. I mean we’re fixing it now again, after fixing it three years ago. And that’s because There’s too much traffic on that road. There’s more traffic on 27th than there is on the highway,” Mund tells Kiss FM.
Mund made his case for the changeover during a recent meeting with BC’s new Transportation Minister Claire Travena.
Mund says the minister gave no commitment, but agreed it was a good point.
“There is no plus for them. That’s not the point. The point is it’s used as a highway, and we can show them that proof. That was my whole discussion about that: the municipality is left carrying the bill for that highway.”
Mund also brought the new minister up to speed on other local transport issues like a bypass, which the province says won’t be needed for at least 20 years.
“In all honesty, I told her ‘do we really have a lot of traffic issues in Vernon?’ We probably don’t in the minds of many who travel through this small community. We’re nothing like Kelowna. You can still get from one side of town to the other in 10 minutes, doesn’t matter where you are,” adds Mund.