To anyone concerned regarding the “proposed” AR1 (north-south interconnector) as being the only route to bypass the downtown area of Quesnel, please take a few moments to review one of a few alternatives.
Of the many proposed routes over the last 50 years or more, the route I feel that is the best one has been proposed by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure called the North-South Industrial Traffic Route.
This route will 1. save an important greenspace all along the boundary of North Quesnel, which helps to filter the air from the industrial area and the railway and is also home to many deer and smaller animals; 2. save 14 to 20 homeowners (taxpayers) from losing their homes and/or properties and also save those who are remaining a view of the highway, railway and pulp mill at their doorsteps; 3. retain the Super Save gas station at the west end; 4. maintain the church property and keep the school and playgrounds away from a dangerous goods route; and 5. enable long-distance transport haulers a much easier approach to Dragon Lake Hill, especially during the winter months, as there is currently no area to chain up and off.
Granted this route may cost more, but most times, the cheapest way is not usually the best way, and down the road, the AR1 may have to be relocated. I view the “AR1 bypass” as a Band-Aid solution (with lots of bleeding). A bypass is needed, but “do it right.”
Waiting until the bulldozers start work is the wrong time to get concerned. Let your MLA or premier know your views now, and just maybe, the ministry may see the light.