The City of Merritt has released a statement on the removal of the parking stalls in front of the post office.
The City of Merritt recently removed four short term parking spaces in front of the Canada Post Office on Voght Street. We recognize and acknowledge that this decision has caused frustration for many of our residents, and we want you to know that we have heard and intend to incorporate your comments to find a better solution for our community than what we originally came up with. Before discussing our proposed solution, we feel the need to better communicate the reasoning behind our original decision.
On March 2, 2018, there was a tragic accident at the intersection of Granite Avenue and Voght Street, where a 92-year-old pedestrian was struck by a pickup truck and fatally wounded. Since that time, we have been in close contact with the RCMP and other organizations regarding what can be done to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety at this and other intersections in our City. In the midst of these discussions, we were also made aware of numerous other accidents and near misses around this intersection.
The release continues;
While we have an obligation to take effective measures to improve safety, we also recognize the importance of listening to our residents’ concerns. To that end, we have re-evaluated these parking spots and have determined that we can add one handicapped parking space directly in front of Canada Post, while still meeting the aforementioned safety and traffic flow goals. We are always available for questions and feedback and would encourage residents to reach out to us directly in the future as we would be happy to discuss any City of Merritt projects and initiatives.
For the full release visit the City of Merritt's website.
Merrittonians liking to discuss their concerns regarding the change are asked to contact City Hall.
Director of Engineering and Development
Chief Administrative Officer
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