Molly Banister extension is needed for future growth

Red Deer city council will vote on removing right-of-way on Monday

The city will be expanding 32nd Street to six lanes in the next five to 10 years. At huge cost to the taxpayers.

The city will be expanding 19th Street to six lanes in the next five to 10 years. At huge cost to the taxpayers.

The city will build a traffic circle on 19th Street. Last I heard, it would be in the 10s of millions of dollars.

The city planners are recommending removing the right-of-way for the Molly Banister extension. One item they talked about was that 19th Street will be widened anyways. That the traffic on 32nd Street did not increase as much as they thought since 2006.

Isn’t the city spending millions, now reinforcing 32nd Street near 47th Avenue, because of a shifting foundation?

The population has only increased by 195 residents in five years.

The Molly Banister extension was meant for when the population increases by 88,000.

Are the city planners predicting stagnant growth or declining populations?

They want to remove a road allowance that may be a quiet road for many decades, when we hit 188,000, so that the developer can now build 50 houses where the road allowance is supposed to be.

There will be no turning back, then, if the city does rebound from this period of stagnation and decline and does see a population of 188,000, then sorry. We are out of luck.

Three hundred families along 32nd street would see traffic go from 23,500 per day to 45,000 per day.

For every hiker, biker and skater who won’t have to use a crosswalk, there will be thousands of motorists driving four extra kilometre every day.

You can imagine how much emissions will be spewed over the years before they change to electric. Eight thousand kilometres per day, minimum 20 kilometres per litre of fuel, 400 litres extra of fuel burned every day so hikers don’t have to use a crosswalk. Very environmentally friendly.

There is a very small chance for animals to cross 32nd Street now at 23,500 cars per day. What chance will they have at 45,000?

The same can be said for 19th Street.

Ten years ago, I would have supported removing the Molly Banister extension, but things have changed. My grandchildren won’t walk in those woods: homeless camps, needles and garbage take something away from the experience.

Seniors, not being able to cross 32nd Street to socialize, get a haircut and go to the convenience store. Children, not being able to cross as easily to go skating or use the park.

Three hundred families will hear more traffic, see homes devalued due to traffic. Ask the realtors.

I am repeating what has been said many times already. I know I don’t donate to election campaigns, host parties or socialize with planners and politicians. I am just a taxpayer who thinks homeowners should be able to enjoy their homes.

Many people have said the city cannot afford to maintain the infrastructure we have now, and our population is stagnant. Our assessment values have been depreciated.

Perhaps we are on the wrong track, now. Maybe we should not tie future councils’ hands.

I am asking the mayor and councillors to vote against removing the road allowance when they vote on Monday, Sept. 14.

We are not in a rush to build 700 plus houses and we don’t need 50 houses backing onto Piper Creek.

Will we continue down this road and appease a few at the expense of the many?

Garfield Marks is a Red Deer resident.

Letter to the Editor

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Westerner Park audit finds ‘gross operational mismanagement, gaping holes and lack of controls,’ says councillor

Two councillors question audit’s conclusion no inaccuracies were presented to the governance board

160 new COVID-19 cases reported in Alberta on Tuesday

Province now has 1,571 active cases

Lack of nurses stressing Red Deer hospital staff, says union

‘We don’t have enough nurses to do the work that’s required’

Reports of horse fever confirmed in central Alberta

Alberta horse owners are on the alert for the spread of a… Continue reading

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

Canadian ‘keeper Dayne St. Clair makes most of MLS opportunity with Minnesota

Canadian ‘keeper Dayne St. Clair makes most of MLS opportunity with Minnesota

U.S. Presidential Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

Here are key takeaways from the first of three scheduled presidential debates before Election Day on Nov. 3

Forge FC to play in El Salvador on Oct. 22 in CONCACAF League preliminary round

Forge FC to play in El Salvador on Oct. 22 in CONCACAF League preliminary round

Canada’s top coaches connect to navigate relationships with athletes

Canada’s top coaches connect to navigate relationships with athletes

No matter who wins the finals, Kentucky will have champions

No matter who wins the finals, Kentucky will have champions

Canadian Denis Shapovalov advances to second round at French Open

Canadian Denis Shapovalov advances to second round at French Open

Titans have NFL’s 1st COVID-19 outbreak; next game still on

Titans have NFL’s 1st COVID-19 outbreak; next game still on

“It’s a marvel” – Canada’s Levins to race in London marathon bubble Sunday

“It’s a marvel” - Canada’s Levins to race in London marathon bubble Sunday

Most Read