An open house on easing traffic along View Royal’s busy Six Mile Road corridor had a turnout of “just over” 60 residents, the Town’s director of engineering said.
“It went excellent. We had what we would consider a good turnout for the open house,” said John Rosenberg adding participation was “encouraging.” Town hall will compile a summary of suggestions and present its findings sometime in the future, he said.
Over 40 residents left feedback forms to staff in the recent public engagement session, Rosenberg said. Staff proposals to ease traffic in the area include adding a roundabout, three-way signals or a four-way stop along the busy corridors.
Congestion along the corridor, from Island Highway to the Trans-Canada Highway, has grown annually, arriving from “all points west to us” Mayor David Screech previously told Black Press. Reducing traffic would require surrounding communities to work collectively “to make changes happen,” he added.
Traffic in the area comes from drivers heading downtown, Rosenberg said. This includes cars coming in from the West Shore, the Malahat as well as the off-ramp and Atkins Road, he noted. Reducing single occupancy vehicles would help speed things along, Screech has said.
The complexity of the problem doesn’t lend itself to easy answers, Rosenberg noted. Suggestions from the open house have included both slowing the traffic down and speeding it up, he said. One choice would exacerbate another issue, he added.
“What we are looking at are ways to mitigate people’s aggravation with regards to what they’re experiencing in the corridor,” Rosenberg said.
“There is no solution to ‘fix’ the traffic problem.”
The feedback forms have been handed off to a consultant, who the town hired to study traffic along the busy corridor and propose alternatives. View Royal is aiming for a full report to come out this year, Rosenberg said.
The report would need to consider people who live along the corridor, he added.