Flavio Nienow photo                                Burns Lake council is considering the possibility of turning a three-way stop into a four-way stop at the intersection of Centre Street and Eighth Avenue.

Flavio Nienow photo Burns Lake council is considering the possibility of turning a three-way stop into a four-way stop at the intersection of Centre Street and Eighth Avenue.

Lowering speed limits in Burns Lake a possibility

Council is also considering a four-way stop near the hospital

Burns Lake council is considering the possibility of lowering speed limits within the village to improve safety.

The current speed limit within the village is 50 km/h unless otherwise posted. The potential change would not include Hwy. 16, where the current speed limit is also 50 km/h.

The speed limit in Fraser Lake is currently 30 km/h (not including Hwy. 16). In Houston, Smithers and Vanderhoof, the speed limit is 50 km/h unless otherwise posted.

In addition, council is considering the possibility of turning a three-way stop into a four-way stop at the intersection of Centre Street and Eighth Avenue in Burns Lake.

Last week council asked staff to prepare a report for a future council meeting with more information about the possibility of making these changes.

Council Susan Schienbein urged council to consult with residents before making any decisions.

“This could potentially be a fairly significant change for residents – both the decrease in speed limits and the four-way stop,” she said. “I think I support in concept the idea, but this might be an opportunity to have a robust dialog with the community about it because I think the community feels very passionate about those issues.”

“It’s worthy of a bigger public discussion,” she added.

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Flavio Nienow photo                                Burns Lake council is considering the possibility of turning a three-way stop into a four-way stop at the intersection of Centre Street and Eighth Avenue.

Flavio Nienow photo Burns Lake council is considering the possibility of turning a three-way stop into a four-way stop at the intersection of Centre Street and Eighth Avenue.

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