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Senior is concerned new curbs on Jack Pine Lane will lead to traffic problems
A senior resident on Jack Pine Lane thinks new curbs being installed at the corner with Cottonwood Drive will lead to future traffic problems.
Fred Fouty said the new curbs, which are being built with sidewalks, are so close together that vehicles will no longer be able to turn onto Jack Pine Lane and exit it at the same time.
He predicts that in busier summer months this will cause vehicles to have to wait on Cottonwood Drive, blocking traffic on that busy street.
“I’m not being miserable about it,” said Fouty, 89. “I’m just saying how come they are blocking the street.”
Fouty, who built his home on the lane 51 years ago and lives alone, worries that one of these days an ambulance will come for him and find its way obstructed.
Ron Doucette, director of public works with the Town of Osoyoos, acknowledges that Fouty’s concern about traffic backup could be valid.
However, the town had limited options because the laneway it owns is only six metres wide and to make the entrance wider would have meant encroaching on neighboring property, said Doucette.
The space left for vehicles after the curbs are built is only about four metres wide. Doucette pointed out, however, that Jack Pine is only a laneway and not a proper road.
“People are going to have to do their best to work around it I guess,” said Doucette.
Other laneways in town are wider, he said, noting the one behind the town hall is nine metres in width.
A gate was previously installed farther east on the Jack Pine to limit traffic flow, but that gate is now open while Cottonwood Drive is under construction.
“We may have to look at this,” Doucette said. “We will see how we can best manage the traffic in that area.”
Construction to install new sidewalks and curbs and to pave Cottonwood Drive, which is one of the town’s busiest streets during the peak tourist season, began several weeks ago.
The project is scheduled to be completed before the current construction season ends some time in late November or early December.