Should a third lane be added to the Sea to Sky highway?
That’s a question government will now be looking into for the busy stretch of road connecting Vancouver and Whistler.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure have agreed to a feasibility study for the section along Highway 99 between Function Junction and Whistler Village.
Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden tells Global News she’d like to see it used as a dedicated bus lane, rather than overflowing with more traffic congestion.
“Who wants to sit in a bus if you’re in the same traffic jam that you would be if you were in your own car? So if we had more capacity and we were able to use it strategically, then that would go a long way to help solving the problem.”
In the meantime, a local driver says current congestion is a nightmare.
“It can be extremely busy and tough to get out. Whistler Blackcomb has three or four big parking lots, they have traffic control and they do a pretty good job of it, but it’s steady traffic for you know an hour, hour and a half and it’s definitely a lot of traffic.”
The study is expected to conclude by fall of this year, but no estimate on when we’d see the results and a decision would be made.