The Third Crossing Society is making a case for a two-lane highway following forest roads out of Powell River and Squamish that would act as a mid-province corridor linking northern Vancouver Island with the rest of B.C.
The proposed ‘missing link’ is about 30 kilometres of missing roadbed that would complete a transportation/economic corridor to Alberta and beyond. The cost is estimated at about $500 million.
“That’s a pretty awesome idea,” CVRD board chair Edwin Grieve told Third Crossing president Lorne Craig, who appeared at committee of the whole.
The society suggests the corridor would revitalize ferry traffic on the Little River-Westview ferry run. It’s looking for support in principle from the district.
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By next fall, the Vanier school grounds should contain a new running track and a turf field to replace the all-weather gravel pitch.
The turf field is a $1.34-million project, with $1.25 million funded by contributions from the City of Courtenay and the Comox Valley United Soccer Club.
The track has been resurfaced but lane markings still need to be painted.
The estimated 2014 tax rate is about $6.34 for an average property worth $350,000.