Re: Closure of Goldstream Avenue exit from Highway 1
I was absolutely astounded today driving on the Trans Canada Highway near the Leigh Road overpass. Dozens of beautiful trees had been ripped down over a very large area in order to make way for a new exit ramp.
Living on Vancouver Island, for many of us, is fulfilling and ideal because of the natural beauty of the forests and wildlife. Frankly, I find this destruction is completely unnecessary.
I use the Goldstream Avenue exit almost daily and I have never seen any kind of traffic backup or anything to suggest that there may be a traffic issue. It may once have been a road considered to accommodate the “house by the lake” – rural ideal – but obviously this is no longer the case.
However, the exit currently there is working, and I doubt that for the residents of the area that traffic there is any more of an annoyance than for those who live on Jacklin or Sooke roads.
We must be careful in our growing city that we make choices that are logical and efficient for everyone, while keeping the natural beauty that is Vancouver Island. This idea will cost millions of dollars that could be spent in a much more efficient manner.