A Kamloops man who bumped the car in front of him during a sudden stop at Second Avenue and Columbia Street wants the City to close the left-turn access there.
Bob Mitchell wrote City council calling for the road to be blocked so left-hand turns from Columbia onto Second can’t be made.
Mitchell said he was on Columbia headed to Hot Nite in the City in August, intent on turning left onto Third.
“The left-hand turn lane was backed up well before Second Avenue. Traffic started to move towards the left-hand turn lane for Third when suddenly some individual slammed on his brakes and then turned on his left-hand turn signal he was going down Second,” Mitchell wrote.
“Three cars, including mine, rear ended the car in front of them solely due to the actions of this thoughtless individual.”
City development and engineering services director Marvin Kwiatkowski submitted a memo to council in response to Mitchell’s letter.
He noted the intersection has been identified as a high-collision area in a 2012 City report. It recommends restricting left turns at that intersection. The memo also notes it would be good to co-ordinate any changes at Second Avenue with the upcoming expansion of Columbia Street between Third and Sixth.
According to ICBC, Columbia at Second isn’t as prone to collisions as other avenues in the downtown area. The total accidents along Columbia Street for the five years of 2008 to 2012 show:
* Third Avenue and Columbia Street, 126
* First Avenue and Columbia Street, 63
* Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street, 53
* Sixth Avenue and Columbia Street, 51
* Second Avenue and Columbia Street, 38.
ICBC spokeswoman Michelle Hargraves said the agency provides crash data annually to the City and has representation on the City’s traffic safety committee.
ICBC also has funding available for road improvements that make streets safer, but municipalities have to apply ahead of doing any work and an ICBC engineer would have to determine it’s the right fit, she said.