Kelowna does have restrictions on signage, but NOT when it comes to Elections whether it be Federal, Provincial, or Municipal (including School Trustees et al)
SECTION 2 – SIGNS
2.1 Exemptions from Permits
2.1.1 The following signs are exempt from obtaining a permit as required under the City of Kelowna Sign Bylaw No.8235 provided they comply with all the regulations of this Bylaw:
a) election signs on public or private property each with a maximum sign area of 1.50 m² and a maximum height of 1.8 m, subject to their removal within four (4) days following the election;
b) election event signs on public or private property to a maximum of 2 signs per frontage, each with a maximum sign area of 3.0m2 or to a maximum height of 2.5m. Kelowna
I thought I would get back to some serious driving, not being distracted by signage, when my eyes dropped to the deck of the recently-completed-on-time-on-budget-Shadow-Tolled-P3-William-Bennett-Bridge-of-2008 over Okanagan Lake where I expected to see the deck of the bridge as pristine as a newly poured concrete surface. However, it has so many cracked lines, someone (Highway or Concessionaire) took the liberty to highlight every one of them in fluorescent orange paint, it left me wondering if I was going to make it from one side to the other.
The public has been told that the bridge is under an iron clad 35 year concessionaire Shadow Toll contract that ensures that the taxpayers of British Columbia will not be on the hook for repairs or maintenance..... if we were..... then we would be paying for it twice...duh.... once to build it, second time to repair it.
So what's up with the bridge's decrepit looking condition? Can the BC Highways department give us an inkling, because it looked so battered, I thought I was driving over the Pattullo Bridge linking New Westminister with Surrey, and its been around since the late 1930's, when it too was built as a make work project...... sounds like the Port Mann Bridge Project of the 2010's but that's another story for here.
Another make work project was the Coquihalla Highway which was designed to tie in with Expo 86 in Vancouver (1986), which has been exposed to extreme weather conditions of too hot and way too cold, and yet the P3 bridge that leads motorist across the Okanagan Lake, opened to traffic by a former Premier, dedicated to another former Premier a mere three years ago, pales in comparison to the Coq.
Was the concrete for the bridge deck surface poured in poor weather conditions just to beat the bell that the BC Liberals wanted to ring to prove how successful a P3 project could be for a mere $125 million?
Is it going to cost another $125 million?
Here are some Photos of the bridge construction, in the MOST inclement of weather for February, 2008, we call it the dead of winter in the Province of British Columbia.... not for the Lower Mainland though where it rains most of the time. Deck being poured in April on 2008 (see photo link above for more)
No inkling of why the road was closed. Last week the TCH was restricted in the same area because of two semi tractor trailers leaving the highway (not mentioned on Metro Vancouver news - Interior news people did cover it).... what if the slide had happened THEN, when all the traffic was jammed into that stoppage?
I had already made my mind up to take a quiet ride along Highway #7 to Mission, what I found instead, were motor vehicles of all sizes and descriptions, at what is normally not the one of British Columbia's worst highway choked places in the Province. Things were working out right for this trip, then it all came to a stop. Eastbound traffic was backed up from the TCH at Bridal Falls to almost four Kilometres back west when we finally made it to the Highway 1. The Six o'clock news on CBC Television said the backup from Bridal Falls was 12 Kilometres !!! Even with all of the news breaking activities, whether it was radio, which was our main staple in the car, or television when we reached home, all reports were very vague. It turns out Google Earth had the answer.
|Yellow marker far left marks the spot|
On the way up to Kelowna I did notice that there were signs posted along the highway indicating that the Bridge to Mission was restricted to 5500Kg.... was it lifted when the slide covered the highway, because from the reports I heard, truckers were being encouraged to use the Mission bridge.
Why don't we have enough Highway Department personnel looking after the Bridal Falls area.... because they're too busy with projects like this one, the Port Mann Bridge Project. This photo is near Boundary Road, in Burnaby looking East