January 27, 2016
Third Avenue Railway Crossing Update
Kamloops, B.C. - As a result of safety concerns highlighted by Transport Canada, the City of Kamloops recently agreed to implement the recommendations of a consultant’s safety audit regarding the 3rd Avenue rail crossing in downtown Kamloops. The principle recommendations require Canadian Pacific to eliminate standing trains in the railway crossing and the City of Kamloops to barricade 3rd Avenue at Lorne Street after major events in the Sandman Centre and Riverside Park.
The City of Kamloops, Kamloops Blazers, RCMP and Canadian Pacific have agreed to work co-operatively to review options and potential alternate locations for barricading to meet the intent of the safety audit recommendations, while having minimal impact on event attendees at Sandman Centre or Riverside Park. The goal is to ensure public safety and address the consultant’s recommendations.
Until a permanent solution is determined, barricades will be erected at the edge of the railway right of way on 3rd Avenue with RCMP and City Bylaws present. The barricade placement will allow sidewalks to remain open for pedestrian access on 3rd Avenue while the railway crossing is clear and warning systems are not activated. Once warning systems are activated, RCMP and Bylaw staff will prohibit passage until the crossing is clear.
The City of Kamloops and Kamloops Blazers thank the public for their patience while this public safety issue is being resolved.
David Trawin, CAO
City of Kamloops