Letters: Promontory congestion a concern

Writer fears a fire like the one in Fort McMurray would be deadly in Promontory because of only two exits for the community.

  • May. 13, 2016 7:00 a.m.

We have lived on Promontory for 15 years. I love Promontory. We have a great community here up on the hill. There is always lots of building going on up here, and I have no problem with that. My problem is that we only have two exits off the hill. We are a community of about 10,000 people and yet we do not have a lot of options to going up or down the hill. It would have been nice if before some of the other building going on, that we also had an exit down to Chilliwack Lake Road or Vedder or somewhere. But now, that is impossible.

If you have ever driven up or down our hill before school starts, or after when they are trying to get home, you would know some of what I am talking about. But if you just think of the current situation with the fires in Fort McMurray and the people struggling to get away from the city, you would understand our concerns. If we were ever in a situation like that and Ryder Lake had a wildfire that we all had to evacuate at the same time. There is no way that we would be able to all get off the hill at the same time. We would not all survive.

Can something be done about this? Can you provide for us another exit? Somewhere? Anywhere?

Sheila Harder