City hall may have some grumpy gamblers on its hands after the planned traffic light in front of the Chances Chilliwack casino got nixed Tuesday.
At its July 2 meeting, city council was set to make a decision on a contractor for the traffic signal installation project at the corner of Young Road and Olds Drive.
Coun. Ken Popove said he didn't think the traffic in the area warranted it.
"I don't think there is need for a light there," he said at the time.
Council then sent the matter back to staff to see if there were other intersections that might be a higher priority for a new traffic light.
City staff completed a study to confirm the need for a new light and found traffic volume has been 26 per cent lower than what was predicted in a 2010, pre-construction report.
"The report also found that the peak traffic flow to and from the casino is occurring after 6 p.m., while the peak flow on Young Road occurs between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.," according to a city engineering report. "The post construction 2013 report concludes that a traffic signal at the Young/Olds intersection is not warranted at this time."
Council did issue a request for proposal and received a tender of $266,760.46 from Fraser City Installations, as well as one for $327,440 from Crown Contracting.
Council rejected both tenders at Tuesday's meeting and Mayor Sharon Gaetz thanked Popove for bringing forward the question of whether the project was necessary.
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