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Passmore residents call for lower speed limit on Hwy 6

·1 min read

Residents of Passmore want to see a much lower speed limit on Hwy 6 through their Slocan Valley community.

About 75 people have signed a petition, forwarded to the provincial and regional governments, calling for reducing the limit from 90 km/hour to 60 km/hour.

“There is a curve on Hwy 6 north of the intersection with the Upper Passmore Rd. This curve reduces visibility for traffic attempting to make a turn at the intersection,”

Speeding, a lack of a turning lane northbound into Passmore or a merging lane southbound, and the numerous private driveways connected to the highway also reinforce the need for a lower speed limit, the petition notes.

“Many of us ourselves experienced near misses or know others who have had one at this intersection,” it continues. “There have been many motor vehicle accidents at this intersection. As far as we know, none of these accidents have caused a serious injury. NOT YET.”

Located between Winlaw and Slocan Park, the Passmore section of highway winds for about five kilometres between Slocan River and steep bluffs, and is narrow and with many blind curves.

“With this petition, we believe that we have made sure that you are fully aware of the life safety hazards present,” they conclude.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board was expected to receive the report for information at its October 21 meeting.

John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice

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