Time to consider highway bypass

Too many close calls on highway pedestrian crosswalks, as town grows bigger

I considered buying a farm in Agassiz in the mid ’80s but things didn’t go as planned. As fate would have it we made Agassiz our home just over two years ago and I love it here. As beautiful as Agassiz is there is always room for improvement. Maybe having the highway going through the centre of town worked back in the mid ’80s but now it is time to make a change.

There has been a number of pedestrians hit at crosswalks since I moved here and on Sunday I stopped to allow a man on his wheelchair cross a crosswalk near Prospera Credit Union and as he was giving me a little wave to thank me for stopping another car coming towards me raced through the crosswalk. He missed the man in the wheelchair by approximately 4 feet. I realize as a pedestrian you have to pay attention to traffic both ways but this driver had plenty of time to stop but clearly was not paying attention. This is not the first time I have seen close calls on crosswalks, just the most recent.

The time has come to look at building a bypass for traffic driving through our town. Don’t wait for someone else to be hit, do it now for the sake of our residents.

Jack van Dongen

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