New road leads to nowhere

No money for a new highway to connect to Highway 4, says reader.

To the Editor,

We have an unidentified group of loose cannons, specifically the Alberni-Clayoquot Transportation Committee, who will fire at anything anytime. In August 2012 they were told by the minister of transportation that the ministry wouldn’t be spending $65 million on a new highway to connect with Highway 4.

A year later, they’re at it again, stating that a new highway would cost $49.6 million. They have yet to specify an exact route or explain how    they arrived at such a low cost.

Neither do they realize that the provincial government has no money now for such an expensive project.

This unidentified committee seems composed of people who have no expertise in road building whatsoever and act, in my opinion, hurriedly in amateurish and unprofessional ways.

For example, they’re now rehashing the decades-old, failed approach of the late Fred Bishop and Gillian Trumper by asking for letters of mayoral support from Cumberland and Comox-Courtenay. Next we may well see a revival of touring cavalcades from those communities and others which end at Harbour Quay for tea and sympathy.

They could use the existing drivable route which ends in Cherry Creek. Wow!

Richard Berg,

Port Alberni

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