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What are your main concerns about vehicle safety within this area?

Traffic flow and user safety are the primary concerns of Highways and Public Works. This section of highway has some of the highest collision incidents within the City of Whitehorse, both in either damage to property, or in number of fatalities.

HPW has completed extensive analysis in this regard, but numbers and data often provide a snapshot of the issues observed every day by residents and highway users.

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We want to hear from you!

What are your main concerns about vehicle safety within this area?

Traffic flow and user safety are the primary concerns of Highways and Public Works. This section of highway has some of the highest collision incidents within the City of Whitehorse, both in either damage to property, or in number of fatalities.

HPW has completed extensive analysis in this regard, but numbers and data often provide a snapshot of the issues observed every day by residents and highway users.

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    Should the access road that bypassed part of Hamilton be reconnected to both sides of traffic of the Alaska highway via Sumanik Drive. Reducing the amount of traffic that backtracks via Alaska highway only to travel the same distance or greater on Hamilton. This reduces road wear and tear significantly and connects the scattered neighbourhoods of Whitehorse more so. Also what is the screen name ?

    Oliver asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question!


    In 2019, the intersection of Range Road/ Sumanik and the Alaska Highway was eliminated to make the highway safer for commuters and industry.  One reason the intersection was eliminated was because the heavy truck traffic using Range Road to access Mic Mac Toyota, Northwestel, Driving Force / Klondike Motors, and Inland, could not safety maneuver off the highway because of the intersection geometry (they frequently required oncoming lanes to accommodate their size).

    This was corrected by moving the Range Road intersection to the south  and designing a proper intersection at the new location. 

    In addition, the pre-2019 traffic and collision data analysis rated the level of service delivered to the public (in other words, the safety and mobility features), was a "D", or very much sub par for this type of infrastructure. 

    The decision was made to keep Sumanik open by supporting ‘right in’ and ‘right out’ movements only. In the future, Sumanik may be carried through to the new Range Road intersection, reconnecting it to the Alaska Highway with full turning movements.  This frontage road construction and Sumanik reconnection are currently not scheduled.   

    Your concern on neighbourhoods and connectivity is a good point to contribute to the City of Whitehorse’s Official Community Plan Review, underway now.  Here is a link to the plan and phases of engagement - https://www.whitehorse.ca/departments/planning-sustainability-services/official-community-plan-ocp/whitehorse-2040

    Your "screen name" is your username when you register, or the publicly-viewed identity when you post a comment or question.

    Hope this answers everything!