Build viaduct through Duncan on TCH
Once again, another letter writer Phillip Mendenhall voicing his opinion that a Duncan bypass would be costly and yet at the same time making it personal against Gary Bruce, because Gary has brought back the topic of a Duncan bypass to the attention of the public.
I agree with Phillip that a bypass would be costly but there are other solutions that would allow Duncan to have a bypass.
The solution would be to build a viaduct from Beverly Street to the twin bridges that cross the Cowichan River. Viaducts are popular and many exist in the United States.
The City of Vancouver has in its plans to take down the Georgia Street viaduct in Vancouver. This viaduct could be transferred to Duncan to be used for a viaduct. If needed, additional sections could be constructed. The Georgia Street viaduct is 1.28 kilometres long.
Through traffic on the top of the viaduct and local traffic on the bottom of the existing Duncan highway corridor. No more bottleneck traffic.
The provincial government did a detailed study report in 2005 about the construction of a bypass for Duncan similar to the Nanaimo bypass. The report found that Duncan will never have a bypass similar to Nanaimo because of the cost.