October 22nd, 2020

Increased vehicle traffic one of effects of reaching 100,000


By Letter to the Editor on January 6, 2020.

Further to Nick Alvau’s letter of Dec. 30, city council and administration/planning take great delight in celebrating our surpassing the 100,000 population mark; however, unfortunately, overlook some of the challenges resulting from said urban sprawl, including significant increased vehicle traffic.

Four lanes of traffic exiting outlying subdivisions only serve to exacerbate the bottleneck effect of two-lane roadways entering the CBD (central business district) and central core of our city. Much of the city’s traffic also passes through the central core to reach other outlying quadrants, further exacerbating traffic flows.

Additional initiatives focusing on problematic areas or perceived desirable enhancements within the central core fail to take into account the ripple effect on existing flows from other areas.

Yes, we have surpassed 100,000 in population; nevertheless, this is not Calgary, Edmonton or whatever large city we would like to consider; what happens in the CBD still significantly affects outlying areas and what happens in outlying areas still significantly affects the central core. Quality of life and community should be taken into account; however, planning and infrastructure development must consider the city as a whole and value-added benefits for the majority, not a select few.

Leo VandenHeuvel

Lethbridge

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Yes, this also brings to mind the health care infrastructure ‘nirvana’ we had when Lethbridge had 400 acute care beds, until the Klein health care cutback years when St. Michael’s General Hospital was dismantled. Was it really expected that the increasing population of the city and the surrounding area would be able to cope with half the beds? I well remember one of the prominent surgeons, at the time, saying, “Well, people have to decide what they want.”
In the ‘nirvana’ days, folks did not wait long to get in to see a specialist, nor, did they wait long for surgery times. But, there is the thing with the ‘new normal.’ Is it a situation of ‘it is what it is?’ And the voting for the same old, same old rodeo like private surgery facilities that have to be bailed out by us taxpayers?
And, as far as long range planning is concerned, it should be well known, by now, that the 40 + years of AB right wing Conservative rule, was very poor. Now the AB right wing politics poor planning chickens have come home to roost.