Editor’s note: This is a copy of a letter sent to Ladysmith council
Recently, I read the article in the Chronicle by Lindsay Chung regarding the noise and speed on the Trans-Canada Highway.
The Blatchfords spoke to council July 21 with reference to this issue. I, too, have the same concerns living directly above the highway on Clarke Road.
In the past, I had phoned the minister of transport asking if the speed could be reduced on the highway for all of Ladysmith as it is for Chemainus. They responded by saying that they considered that stretch of highway with the 90-kilometre speed designation to be very safe and that there was no reason to lower the limit.
As the Blatchfords have stated, there are major safety concerns, especially at the pedestrian crossing near Coronation Mall, which is on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Many of the trucks need to use their jake breaks in order to stop for the lights. This also adds to the noise issue.
As well, the multiple motorcycles that drive by with inadequate mufflers (mostly Harleys) make it so that we cannot speak to each other in our backyard because we cannot hear anything but the exhausts and brakes.
I wholeheartedly support a noise and speed bylaw for the entire stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway in Ladysmith. Hopefully MOTI will help to rectify this situation.