In 1973, Whiteshield Crescent marked the City limit in Sahali. Don and Lill Potts bought a house at the corner of Whiteshield and Summit Drive.
Little did they know the kind of traffic their corner of the city would eventually have whizzing past.
For the past five years, Don Potts has been trying to get the City to do something about that traffic. Cars and trucks that miss the short left-turn lane on Summit to head east on the Trans-Canada Highway make U-turns at his intersection.
Some have even driven across his lawn.
Potts estimated Monday that 30 to 40 U-turns a day are occurring at the corner.
Those who don't miss the highway turnoff often end up lined up for blocks, tying up traffic at peak periods down Summit and Notre Dame, he said.
Rather than just complaining about it, Potts came up with a plan that would move the highway access further south, to the intersection at Springhill Drive, where there are lights to regulate traffic and more space for a longer left-turn lane.
An apartment building is going up at that corner, so the area has been dug up. Potts figured this is the time to change the roads, but so far, he hasn't had an enthusiastic response from the City or Ministry of Transportation.
"Nobody's died on that corner yet. That's probably why there's been no change," he said.
ICBC figures show that between 2008 and 2012, Whiteshield and Summit was the site of 10 collisions. However, nearby Notre Dame and Summit Drive had 114 collisions in that same period. Springhill Drive and Summit had 41 collisions.
City transportation planner Erin Felker said the City, ICBC and Ministry of Transportation are just completing a study looking at all the highway interchanges in Kamloops, including the one that Potts wants fixed.
"That's not 100-per-cent complete. It will prioritize and guide interchange access and egress going forward by the City and ministry," she said.
"We don't disagree that there could be some improvements. Rejigging it – his option isn't a bad option by any means."
It's a matter of how bad other intersections are, how much money is available and what yields the best bang for the buck, Felker said.
Eventually, the City plans to link a downtown connection from Sixth Avenue through Peterson Creek to the Summit highway off-ramp.
City traffic and transportation engineer Elnaz Ansari hadn't had a chance to look at Potts's plan. But a similar idea is included in the study.
That study is still in draft form and is currently being reviewed by the Ministry of Transportation, so nothing is firm at this point.
"Keep in mind this is draft. We've had the consultant look at the option of having Springhill Drive extended to connect to the highway. We've actually compared that versus the existing access location and possibly signalizing the existing access location," she said.
"We've asked for evaluations for cost comparison and the impacts of each option. We don't have the final document yet, but based on conversations we've had and what we've seen so far, the option of signalizing the existing onramp seems to be winning the race."
Ansari said installing a signal for left-turn traffic onto the highway access seems to be cheaper than creating an entirely new highway on-ramp.
The access signal wouldn't stop traffic headed south on Summit, but it would halt northbound vehicles to allow left-turn access to the highway.
The report is expected to be finalized by the end of the year, but Ansari stressed that recommendations could change.
Ministry of Transportation spokeswoman Kate Trotter said the department is aware of the congestion problem at Summit and the Trans-Canada off-ramp.
"We are working with the City of Kamloops towards finding a solution and are currently evaluating the technical options," she said.