(This is part four of a TRUCK TALK series exploring different options for an industrial truck route through or around Port Alberni. Read the intro here, part one here, part two here and part three here.)
Third Ave.: from Redford Street, up the hill through Uptown and to the Ship Creek Road intersection.
A single lane commute up Third Avenue from Redford Street all the way to Ship Creek Road is a great idea for trucks traversing the city, if you ask Anderson Avenue resident Vicki Drybrough.
“If (the trucks) use Third Avenue, they stay in one lane all the way through. Other drivers always know where they will be and because there are two lanes in each direction, they’re able to pass and continue safely on their way,” she said.
Drybrough doesn’t like the trucks using Anderson Avenue instead.
“We are opposed to industrial truck traffic on our street… we have more than enough already.”
Compounding the issue for Drybrough are the two schools along Anderson Avenue—E.J. Dunn and Maquinna, both elementary schools now.
“Kids waiting for the school bus stand along the side of the road,” she said. Trucks careening past those children come closer than Drybrough would like, due to the lack of sidewalks along much of Anderson Avenue.
Instead, those trucks should go up Third Avenue to Ship Creek, where Drybrough says they have always belonged.
“I strongly believe that’s where industrial truck traffic belongs.”
Third Avenue will do just fine, she added, as no new and expensive route is needed.
“If we were a growing community or one with money to burn, I would advocate for a route that circumvents the city entirely,” she said.
“But we don’t have money to burn and taxpayers are at their limit now. So why don’t we focus on using a route that’s already in place?”