Highway Interchang FAQ
CMRA Engineering Design/Study and Interchange F.A.Q.
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.
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.
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.
A. This is a priority because all of the polls and surveys we have done indicate that our members overwhelmingly want this Interchange.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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