Feb. 28, 2019
PORT ALBERNI – More than 500 people have submitted initial ideas and suggestions on ways to improve safety and access to Cathedral Grove, while protecting environmental, social and cultural values.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will take these ideas into the next phase of the Cathedral Grove Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Study, which will include designing preliminary concepts to address pedestrian and traffic and safety issues.
The initial round of feedback was received through two open houses and an online questionnaire. Among the respondents were park visitors, locals and environmental groups. One of the most frequent comments during the engagement period was the need for a balance between pedestrian/vehicle safety and the protection of rare old-growth trees.
The ministry will incorporate these ideas, as well as input from Indigenous communities and local governments, to develop potential concepts to address safety concerns.
The concepts will be presented during the next phase of public engagement, planned for spring 2019. During this process, the public will be invited to review and evaluate each concept and will be encouraged to provide additional feedback for further engineering work.
Details about future open houses and further engagement opportunities will be made available in the near future.
Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park, is an old-growth forest along Highway 4. The park is a local, national and international attraction, with roughly 500,000 visitors per year.
The Cathedral Grove Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Study is designed to work collectively with park visitors, Indigenous communities, law enforcement and governing partners to find solutions to ongoing safety and traffic concerns surrounding parking and pedestrian movements along Highway 4.
A complete engagement summary report is available online: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/cathedralgrove/
Contact:Government Communications and Public
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
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