Highway Interchange FAQ

CMRA Engineering Design/Study and Interchange F.A.Q.
Q Why have the developers not paid for access onto 19.
A. Developers offered land and assistance to build an Interchange onto Highway 19 before construction took place. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure commissioned a survey of the approximately 50 residential properties that existed on Corcan and area before final plans were drawn for the inland Island Highway, the residents at that time said no to access via an Interchange to Highway 19.

Q. Why are developers not coming forward now to pay for the Interchange?
A. Developers will be asked to pay per lot the same as all property owners in the corridor which will amount to a significant share of construction costs.

Q. I pay property taxes and that should cover my infrastructure costs as well.
A. The taxes we pay have already been allocated to Health Care, Schools, Garbage, Parks, Pick-Up Roads, etc. Without a new tax revenue stream (other revenue to pay for the infrastructure) there will be no new access. All Infrastructure Tax money is being spent on Larger projects with benefit to more of the population (Sayward Interchange in Victoria services 150,000 per day) our Interchange will only service 1,700 cars a day Initially.

Q. Why has the CMRA made an Interchange a priority?
A. This is a priority because all of the polls and surveys we have done indicate that our members overwhelmingly want this Interchange.

Q If we wait till a new government is elected they will pay for the Interchange, what is the hurry?
A. The Ministry staff and guidelines for major Infrastructure projects will remain the same regardless of the governing party, we will still not have enough volume of traffic to receive funding in the foreseeable future.

Q Why are you only planning on doing entrance and exit to Nanaimo / Qualicum.
A. The cost of building a bridge on the southbound Interchange from Courtney would make the interchange too expensive for our small population to pay for at this time.

Q Is what we are seeing on the CMRA website the final plan for the interchange.
A. No, that is why we are commissioning the engineering study to access the viability of that location. Engineering design to Nanaimo and from Nanaimo needs to be at a 100 percent complete and Engineering design to and from Courtenay will need to be 50 percent complete.

Q. If you are only building to and from Nanaimo why do we need to design the ramps to and from Courtenay?
A. The Courtenay entrance and exits need to be partially designed to ensure that the first phase is compatible with the second and final phase.

Q I thought we were only doing on and off to Nanaimo?
A. No attempt will be made to build the Courtenay on and off ramps until the Qualicum / Nanaimo Section of the Interchange is PAID for.

Q. Will an Interchange save time and money over the taxes we pay?
A. The CMRA council believes it will save money for anyone using the access 2 times a week or more (Click here to view cost saving Tables) (Page 2)
Time will be cut at least in half to transit to and from Corcan and the Qualicum Interchange and points south.

Q Will the interchange reduce air pollution?
A. Yes, click on this link to view CO 2 reduction Statistics.

Q Will the Interchange reduce travel time to the hospital
A. Yes and it will also vastly reduce travel time to the currently under construction Parksville Medical Clinic. It will also reduce the access time for emergency care “within the golden hour”.

Q In the event of a forest fire or natural disaster will an Interchange make a difference?
A. Currently only one open access escape route during a disaster is available to residents in the area and this Interchange Highway Access will allow a secondary route. Congestion of everyone in the area trying to exit one escape route is also a major concern to all.

Q What happens if we cannot raise enough money for the Engineering Design/Study?
A. All money will be returned to donors and the project will be shelved, best guess it will be 10 to 20 years before another group or residents association will attempt to put together a project of this scope, the CMRA core group has put in 5 years of unpaid mostly unreimbursed effort and moved the interchange to the point that if the residents and developers are willing to support it, it will be built. If the residents and developers decide to vote no by either not paying the 100 dollars for the engineering design/study or voting no to the tax at a later Date NO Further effort will be expended on the Interchange

12 Responses

  1. dan buss says:

    build it and get over it

  2. Mark Hurst says:

    CMRA really, really need to discuss some of these with the Dashwood Fire Chief.

    Emergency medical access to Hwy19 is already available and used frequently by EHS so any improvements to hospital transfer times in ‘the golden hour’ would be minimal over what is already available.

    There are 3 emergency exits available from our area already – the Ozero gravel road, the emergency access from Nahmint Road (Dashwood Fire Department have emergency keys for both and would be in attendance in any emergency) and the little used forestry road in the 800 block of Corcan. These are in addition to the Corcan Road itself.

    I support the interchange but I also support getting facts straight too.

    • Bob E. says:

      I have found the Ozero gravel road is accessible Mon to Fri. I have tried to travel that road on Sat. and found the gates to be locked.

  3. Lexie says:

    I believe that the LQRV residents will not want to be
    contributing too much extra re Property Taxes to this endeavour (Highway Exchange)
    unless there is some sort of ceiling proposed on the Monthly Strata Fees
    or some sort of assurance that in the next 5 to 10 years,
    this fee will not be hiked up considerably. I speak for others when I say
    that many of us are on fixed incomes and cannot afford unreasonable hikes.

    The residents below the gate only pay for Property Taxes..
    We pay for Strata and Property taxes- Its not a win win situation .

  4. steve cotton says:

    Yes I will pay my $100.00 for the initial plans and engineering where do I sent the cheque.

    Thank you for all the work and information

    Steve And Tina Cotton

  5. Chris Lemphers says:

    My thanks to the CRMA highway interchange committee for all the diligence and hard work involved in this initiative. There are many good reasons around access to services, environmental concerns and road exits in case of emergencies that requires the support of this project. We need a public road means of connecting to the inland freeway that is open all the time.
    I believe folks living in LQRV can send funds to CMRA interchange study, 1625 meadowood way, QB, V9K-2S3 [ developers office].

  6. john reay says:

    When we moved out hear we new how far from the hospital ,work ,nanaimo ect, it was but we still moved hear any ways,We wanted to live in the country thats why we moved here, We didn’t want all the cities admenities…This project will only add more traffic to corcan rd and is really only going to benift the land developers in the area and destroy the rural living that we love.

  7. Ray Lewis says:

    I must agree with John on this. The choice to live in the ‘boonies’ has to be considered with regard to opening up the area to unwanted traffic!
    It’s obviously a personal preference, of which we are against being long term residents…R & J

  8. Vanessa says:

    We are building in this area as we speak and currently renting up here…. and we are looking for the rural living as well we love the peace.. Im just not sure how this would cause more unwanted traffic it isnt as if there is a tourist attraction up here that would bring non residents, but it would be a big help for those of us residents that have children that will eventually want to play hockey, and dance etc we arent banking on it but it sure would be nice.. We use the Ozero rd like was mentioned above and in the event of an emergency really how safe is that, there is a ton of traffic on that rd not to mention it is private.

    • Bob E. says:

      When I moved to this area some 10 years ago the auto traffic was minimal to say the least. I could drive down Corcan road and not see many cars.The realization of being in the “boonies” was a reality. The peace was so quiet that it took me 6 weeks to learn how to sleep. I could hear the spiders climbing the walls in my house.

      A great number of people have since moved to this area since then. The auto population has increased so much that the traffic is much more then 10 years ago. Corcan road is so busy now, I have to really pay attention to my driving.
      An emergency response dictates that an easy access to facilities are warranted. If we are not ready and we know the possibilities of just an earthquake, nothing else, that is somewhat irresponsible if we don’t act now and we could suffer the consequences. There are warnings that a major earthquake will happen in the near future. Are we ready for that disaster? When will that devastating day come? What are we doing to give us a better chance of survival? The exchange will enhance our chances when an earthquake happens. To deny the population the necessary facilities for survival is not what we want here today.
      I understand there are some residents that have been here for sometime and want to have a peaceful existence, but what about when there is a disaster? Whenever that disaster happens, it won’t be too peaceful then. If we are not ready for the inevitable, we could suffer because we didn’t prepare for that quick and easy access to those necessary facilities. I am totally in acceptance for the exchange as it will cause a more secure response when needed.

  9. Kim R says:

    I would like to respond to Rob E’s comment on the highway access debate. A very easy fix for the emergency access would to be put a automatic gate like they have for the gated community where when an emergency vehicle with the sirens on, the gate automatically opens. Also put in a police access between the two highways so that emergency vehicles could also head southbound. This could be put in where the existing emergency entrance is on Nahmint Rd. at very little cost to each house. When we moved up here eight years ago, we knew we were along way from police and hospitals but we still choose to move up here even though we were coming up to our senior years. We are very fortunate to have a well trained, fantastic fire department that not only has amazing firefighters but some even have medical experience and training as well. I worry about fear mongering comments to raise support for this project.
    I would also like to add, unless you live on Corcan Rd. you can’t fully appreciate the amount traffic that we already have on poorly maintained and designed roadway without encouraging more traffic. I believe we should be putting energy of the widening and shouldering of Corcan Rd.

  10. Kim R. says:

    happy New Year Everybody

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