The resort municipality of Whistler is looking to the past as it hopes to head off gridlock in the future.
Whistler council has revived the Transportation Advisory Group, a body that worked on traffic congestion and land management issues in the 90’s.
Whistler’s Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden says her council is being proactive to deal with growth from Vancouver to Pemberton.
“There are a number of proposed developments up and down the corridor, along with growth in the district of Squamish itself, which will add more traffic to the Sea to Sky.”
Wilhelm-Morden says she doesn’t want congestion through her community to get as bad as it did in the 1990’s and 2000s before the Sea to Sky Highway was improved for the 2010 Olympics.
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She says the findings from the committee will not only go to the municipality’s council, but also the provincial government, who is in charge of the Sea to Sky corridor.
Wilhelm-Morden says the key is to get out in front of gridlock before it actually becomes a problem.
“We need to anticipate what that might look like, and take steps now, so that we’re not changing an hour-and-a-half drive from Vancouver to Whistler to three hours or more.”
Wilhelm-Morden says the process could take anywhere from a year to a year and a half to come up with recommendations.