Get sufficient proof to close a city street
By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 11, 2010 at 3:11 a.m.
Closing a street should require a study of traffic, and that is what is being done. We think it is premature to close Railwood Drive until sound reason is given.
Sure, the street currently is being used as a shortcut from Nursery Drive to Briggs Boulevard. Using shortcuts is common practice throughout Victoria.
The fear is that when the new high school and middle school open nearby, traffic will increase substantially on Railwood Drive. But we don't know that for certain right now.
Overwhelming evidence should be the reason for closing a street. And, at this point, there is not enough proof to justify closing the street.
When the new schools open and traffic counts indeed show a significant increase, then we think another look at closing Railwood Drive should be taken.
As noted by the city council, Railwood Drive belongs to the residents of Victoria, not just those living along the street - it is a city street, so great care should be taken to get accurate traffic counts and provide sufficient evidence to take action to close the street.
Also, alternatives to closing should be considered. How about using a temporary blockade on the street during heavy-use periods. This issue should be examined to make sure that closing Railwood Drive would solve the potential problem of increased traffic.
Again, we ask why close Railwood Drive before it is a problem? Show the need to close the street first.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.