A local citizen is urging the District of Squamish to install a traffic light at the intersection of Highway 99 and the Alice Lake turnoff/Squamish Valley Road.
“It has become extremely busy and dangerous. People trying to turn south out of the park face a daunting task against the north and southbound flow of heavy Whistler traffic,” wrote Squamish citizen Susan Brant to the district.
As a local person, Brant said she enjoyed walking the Alice Lake Provincial Park trails but won’t be doing that on the weekends.
“The parking has been overwhelmed by tourists and people from Vancouver attempting to find a little more breathing space in these COVID 19 times. The closure of 25% of the parking lot to promote social distancing is not working as people are parking along the narrow roadways and the highway, creating more danger,” she wrote.
It had been a difficult intersection to navigate for years, she wrote. The intersection is an accident waiting to happen, and one that will have serious consequences.
“The current yellow flashing light is completely inadequate. Please act to alleviate this situation by installing another traffic light soon,” Brant wrote.
Responding to Brant, Gary Buxton, the General Manager of Community Planning & Infrastructure, said Highway 99 was the responsibility of the province and controlled by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The district, however, had flagged this issue with the province, he said.
“We’re also continuing to seek meetings with the Minister in the near future to discuss this issue further and seek a commitment to review and address the issue,” he said.
Mayor Karen Elliott had also raised the issue of highway intersection safety with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) at the UBCM conference.
“I have asked staff to follow up with you to discuss in more detail your concerns about the safety of various locations along Highway 99, such as Alice Lake Road,” Claire Trevena, the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, had told her at that time.