Some Passmore residents say traffic speeds should be reduced on a winding section through their community. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

Some Passmore residents say traffic speeds should be reduced on a winding section through their community. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

Passmore residents want lower speed limit on Highway 6

Petition calls for limit to be reduced from 90 km/h to 60 km/h

Passmore residents want to see a much lower speed limit on Highway 6 through their Slocan Valley community.

About 75 people have signed a petition, forwarded to the provincial and regional governments, calling for reducing the limit from 90 km/h to 60 km/h.

“There is a curve on Highway 6 north of the intersection with the Upper Passmore Rd. This curve reduces visibility for traffic attempting to make a turn at the intersection,” the petition reads. “Apart from the increased volume of general traffic, there are also many heavy vehicles, chip trucks, logging trucks, etc. passing this intersection at these speeds.”

Speeding, a lack of a turning lane northbound into Passmore or a merging lane southbound, and the numerous private driveways connected to the highway also reinforce the need for a lower speed limit, the petition notes.

“Many of us ourselves experienced near misses or know others who have had one at this intersection,” it continues. “There have been many motor vehicle accidents at this intersection. As far as we know, none of these accidents have caused a serious injury. Not yet.”

The Passmore section of highway winds for about five kilometres between the Slocan River and steep bluffs, and is narrow and with many blind curves.

“With this petition, we believe that we have made sure that you are fully aware of the life safety hazards present,” they conclude.