VANCOUVER, B.C. — A B.C. Transportation Ministry spokesman is admitting upgrading the Sea-to-Sky Hwy. will result in chaos for four to six years for car and heavy-truck traffic.
Ministry spokesman Peter Milburn tells local media upgrading the highway will require closing the road for four hours each day and eight hours each night for four days a week, nine months a year for four to six years. This comes after a study by the government on four potential ways to upgrade the highway, three of which involve widening the road.
In Whistler, there is concern truck deliveries would be disrupted and the village would be cut off from civilization.
"If the bigger, slower trucks, which usually come at night, are put on the road during the day, is that just going to slow down and further aggravate the people who are paying customers?" asks Whistler Mayor Hugh O’Reilly.
The push is on within the B.C. Liberals to approve an upgrade plan that would be completed in time for Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic bid.
The four options currently being considered include: a safety upgrade that wouldn’t increase capacity; a three-lane route from Horseshoe Bay to Whistler featuring gates and visual lane narrowing; a four-lane highway from Horseshoe Bay to Squamish with three lanes the rest of the way to Whistler; a four-lane highway all the way to Whistler with several tunnels.
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