NEWS FILE PHOTO A dump truck travels along Anderson Avenue in this 2015 file photo. The City of Port Alberni has decided to do a truck count on Third and Anderson avenues and Harbour Road.

Alberni city staff to take on truck count

Truck count will determine what kind of traffic uses Third and Anderson Avenues

City of Port Alberni staff will be taking on a truck count to determine exactly what kind of traffic is travelling on both Third and Anderson avenues as well as Harbour Road.

This could be a first step in developing an industrial truck route, which has been debated in Port Alberni for years

“Western [Forest Products] expressed to us that they wanted some better data on how many trucks we’re talking about, what are the loads they’re carrying and that kind of thing,” said city CAO Tim Pley during a special meeting of council on May 15.

“So staff discussed today the potential of doing a truck count.”

Although city staff has previously completed reports on the heavy truck traffic on Third Avenue and Anderson Avenue, the reports are based on a presumption that a waterfront route along Harbour Road was the only alternative route to look at.

“As staff we want to back up and count the trucks, see what the traffic is, and see if there are other alternatives other than the proposed Harbour Road,” said Pley.

Director of development services Scott Smith further explained that the truck count will not just count the number of trucks on the road, but also the size of trucks, what types of trucks they are and whether or not they are tandem vehicles.

The plan, he said, is to have people in a couple of strategic locations gathering as much traffic as possible over a period of time on certain days, in order to gather data. “Not just one day, but over a period of a few weeks, just trying to get that baseline information,” he explained.

He said most of the counts will take place on Third Avenue and Harbour Road, because at this point city staff wants to target what they think will move them forward.

“You could go all over the place if you wanted,” he said. “Right now we’re just talking a little more limited…to be able to give Western some information that they’re looking at. Also the community. We need to know what is going on in those areas, what’s going on in upper Third.”

He added that a truck count hasn’t been done in the city in a general way in many years.

Councillor McLeman approved of the idea.

“As long as I’ve been on council, we’ve had people complaining about the heavy trucks on Anderson and Third,” he said. “But we can’t stop that until we have another route, and then we can pass a bylaw saying the heavy trucks have to go that way.”

Councillor Denis Sauvé was more critical of the idea, as he seemed to think it was moving too slow. “It’s been an ongoing issue as far as I can remember,” he said. “I feel like we’re waiting for something to happen before we take action. I’d rather just get some action done and prohibit some certain routes, and let the onus be on them to find another route. But that’s the hard approach I want to do.

“I guess I’ll be patient another year or so and see what happens.”

McLeman explained that council has tried a firmer approach in previous years, but they have been halted by the Ministry of Transportation. An alternate route must be provided for trucks before they are prohibited from using Third or Anderson Avenues.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mike Slaco, owner of Electron Metalworks, works on a large-scale piece of Tseshaht First Nation-designed artwork that will be incorporated into the side of the Harbour Quay Clocktower once it is refurbished. Slaco is working with the City of Port Alberni on the project. (RACHEL THEUS PHOTO)
Port Alberni’s waterfront clock tower will get a facelift in 2021

Aging Harbour Quay clock tower needs to be refurbished

Andrea Monticue and Herb Bruce will be the featured readers at Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Oct. 28. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Alberni Valley Words on Fire goes international

Spoken word event will take place on Fridays instead of Wednesdays starting next month

Bulldogs forward Chase Klassen delivers a check to Clippers defender Gianni Fairbrother during a game on Oct. 24. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs get back in the win column in preseason play

Bulldogs snap a five-game winless skid with a 3-2 win over the Nanaimo Clippers

Nanaimo RCMP patch
Domestic violence on the rise in Port Alberni

COVID-19 still affecting domestic violence stats, says Alberni RCMP’s top cop

Emergency crews respond to an apartment fire on Tuesday, Oct. 20. (PHOTO COURTESY JERRY FEVENS)
Port Alberni RCMP investigate possible arson

Fire was contained but three people displaced in aftermath

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for briefing on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020 (B.C. government)
B.C. records 217 more COVID-19 cases, mask use urged

Infection spike continues, 21 senior facilities affected

Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
L.A. Dodgers beat Rays 3-1 to win 1st World Series title since 1988

National League champs claim crown in six games

Seven-year-old Aaliyah Rosa was found dead in an apartment in Langley in July. (Langley Advance Times files)
Child’s body cold, no pulse: Off-duty cop testifies in Langley mother’s murder trial

The seven-year-old girl’s mother faces a first-degree murder charge

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A picture of John taken at Children’s Hospital Vancouver last week. Photo courtesy, Alicia Sewid.
RCMP investigating after young boy run over by SUV in Campbell River parking lot

The seven-year-old has multiple injuries including a broken pelvis and was admitted to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver

People march during a climate strike in Montreal, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Judge rejects 15 youths’ climate change lawsuit against Canadian government

Justice Michael Manson has granted the government’s motion to strike the plaintiffs’ claim

A video message from Mrime Minister Justin Trudeau was streamed to attendees at the State of the Island Economic Summit on Tuesday morning. (Vancouver Island Economic Alliance image)
Prime minister greets Vancouver Island economic summit attendees

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance conference being held virtually this week

Most Read