Logging truck safety on table in Alberni

It's going to take planning, cooperation among Alberni stakeholders and money to address logging trucks on city streets.

A logging truck accident inside city limits last month has prompted multi-stakeholder meetings aimed at improving road safety.

The stakeholders meeting at city hall on May 30 involved the city, representatives from industry and the RCMP, city engineer Guy Cicon told council on Monday.

Up to 150 logging trucks haul logs for local companies through the city on a given day, Cicon said.

The companies say that they have high vehicle operating standards that they hold drivers to.

But the RCMP said that they have noticed some deficiencies in the way trucks operate and will be stepping up enforcement, Cicon said.

The idea of a dry land sort was batted around, but industry representatives said the initiative is too expensive to employ.

Aligning Ship Creek Road to Redford Street as a measure to redirect truck traffic was also discussed.

The realignment would cost $6 million and doing it piecemeal over four years is part of the city’s capital plan.

Provincial underwriting of the project may be difficult in these lean financial times.

But the province gets a lot of money from municipalities and companies.

“They should help us out,” McRae said.

A meeting is being scheduled with a transportation engineer from ICBC to brainstorm some more ideas, Cicon said.

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