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Downtown Truck Route Study

Update: 

The Downtown Truck Route Study is now complete. The study has concluded that the volume and percentage of current and anticipated truck traffic in Downtown Squamish does not justify building an alternative route in the short or long term. Current truck traffic counts indicate that, on average, approximately two trucks per hour use Logger’s Lane in either direction, on a regular business day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The highest count during the study period recorded 10 trucks in one hour (in either direction).

While there will be an increase in truck traffic with the Oceanfront development and during other major downtown construction projects, the volume can be accommodated on the existing route. In the future, when alternative roadways are built or improved in response to an increase in general traffic, the truck route should be modified to find the most efficient possible path from Highway 99 to major industrial destinations. Further, these future roadways and intersections should be designed to accommodate large trucks.

In the meantime, the study recommends making improvements to the existing Loggers Lane route from Highway 99 via Cleveland Avenue, to make it safer and more efficient. This will be considered as part of future paving and capital works roadway improvements projects. The District has budgeted to do more traffic modelling and transportation planning in 2017 and 2018 to look at general traffic patterns and plan for growth.

Council accepted the Final Downtown Truck Route Study for planning purposes at the March 21, 2017 Regular Business Meeting.


Thank you to the community for sharing your ideas and concerns about the Downtown Squamish Truck Route. Over several months, the District collected and analyzed traffic data as well as reviewed background reports and environmental and engineering considerations for all of the Truck Route options. 

Two public open houses were held to introduce the options, and then to present an overview of the analysis completed to date, and a summary of what we heard through the consultation process. Thank you to everyone who attended and provided feedback.

View the information boards presented at the second meeting.


Project Overview: 

The District of Squamish undertook a Downtown Truck Route Study (the study) to ensure a safe and efficient downtown truck route can support rising port activities, while balancing the needs of the growing Squamish community. The Downtown Truck Route study was one of the key recommendations in the District’s 2031 Multi-Modal Transportation Plan, adopted by District Council in 2011.  

As part of the study, the District explored four options as potential future downtown truck routes. Each truck route scenario had varying degrees of social, environmental, technical and economic impacts to be considered and evaluated further. The existing and proposed routes can be reviewed on the map below.

Community involvement was a key component in the development of a future downtown truck route.

Existing Truck Routes And Proposed Routes Rev B

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Comments

  • Shawn Obre Mar 19, 2017

    I think the use of Bailey St for large trucks should be out of the question. This area has become heavily populated in recent yrs with the ongoing eagle wind development as well as a new large condo development at the west end. These developments have become homes to new young families with very young children. I know cause I am a part of this. These families use this rd access to reach the estuary and as a result it has become busy with families,kids and dogs. To now have large trucks coming down this street with no lights and just a straight shot through this neighborhood, is extremely concerning for me, my family and many others in this area. I am strongly opposed and only wish I'd know about this sooner but I am new to this town, where I left the city to get away from this.

  • Larry Murray Feb 07, 2017

    The Squamish Terminals remains the last big industry in the downtown. Yet, it drives much of the consideration of rail and truck routes. If the Terminal was relocated across the harbour to the Watts Point area, it would be very near to highway and rail. The existing terminal morphs into the needed cruise ship terminal and a yacht basin for sales and service of large luxury yachts. This solves the truck and rail route issues and provides the Terminal with an opportunity to create a purpose build facility for the coming increase in trade with the far east as NAFTA gets rewritten. It also provides Squamish with two new industries supporting our growing tourism opportunities. Star Shipping could manage all three locations!!

  • Marc Jan 21, 2017

    Putting a new road through the estuary is really out of the question. Improvement of the existing route option seems like the best plan, as large trucks need to continue to service the industry on Galbraith Road, i.e. the dry log sort.

  • Michelle Nov 17, 2016

    7th Ave.
    Although none of them are ideal.

  • Stewart Hughes Nov 14, 2016

    I oppose the Westminster crossing. The current system could be upgraded as needed. The Seventh Ave. option pulls truck traffic away from downtown, utilizing much infrastructure that is already in place. This surely makes the most sense.

  • Caroline Nov 14, 2016

    The down town trucking route should remain where it is, or go down Seventh Ave.
    I do not support the Westminster crossing.

    The existing trucking route should remain where it is with some adjustments if need be. Many trucks will still have to service this part of Squamish to make deliveries to downtown businesses. Investors who purchased property on this route where aware of the trucking route and should not expect anything different.

    The second option of Seventh ave. makes sense as well, as it would link the industrial park to the port via the back road. The port has supported this route in the past, as it diverts transport around the outside perimeter of town. There is also an existing railway in place, as well as defunctional roads.

    I do not support the Westminster Route as it would, entail building two bridges to access it from the highway, one over the yacht club and the other crossing the Chattermore Slough. Would this proposed trucking route not also cross sect the proposed Oceanfront Develpoment?

    The estuary and wetlands will be affected negatively in all of the options except the existing route and the Third Ave. option.

  • Carey Culhane Nov 14, 2016

    I do not support the Westminster option.

  • Andrea Gailus Nov 04, 2016

    The Westminster Crossing makes the most sense with providing another exit and entrance into the downtown area.

  • Herbert Vesely Jul 30, 2016

    The 7th Ave. connector option, paralleling the existing rail track through the estuary, makes the most sense. It will eventually be the only option, once the downtown re-development takes off as it surely will. But Bailey Street should be closed to trucks in keeping with the high end residential development that was allowed to take place there.

  • Mary Mitchell Jun 02, 2016

    I support the Westminster crossing from the south as it is the best bang for the buck and services the most parties: industry, waterfront, terminals, downtown. As most truck traffic is to and from Vancouver this seems the best option.
    I absolutely do not support a truck route through the estuary (it is not a “7th ave connector….it is a truck route through the estuary). This route would only service Squamish terminals due to their lack of land at the port. There is no other reason for this route. As in the past, terminals could be serviced with flat bed rail cars on the existing track. There is absolutely no reason for us to destroy our estuary, dissect habitat and spend our tax dollars to service one corporation. the estuary is a jewel, and naturalists flock here to visit it. We should follow other estuary towns who are revitalizing their estuaries and taking industry out. Industry does not belong in an estuary.
    I would also support retaining the Loggers Lane option with some tweaking. People bought residences on an existing truck route. It should remain a truck route and is perfectly serviceable. It’s not the fault of the trucks that someone at City Hall came up with the idea to rezone the route….it should remain a truck route.

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