Whistler’s Answers: August 18, 1983

In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer).  Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1983.  Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.

Some context for this week’s question: In August 1983, the provincial government announced a $138 million 12-year plan to improve Highway 99. The program included building debris basins at four creeks to help with flood-control, replacing bridges over five creeks, and expanding sections of the highway to four lanes.

Question: What do you think of the government’s plan to upgrade Highway 99 over the next 12 years?

Hilda Davey – Realtor – Whistler Village

That is what we have all been waiting for. I know a lot of people who are afraid to drive the road during the winter. I think it will be good for business up here. Twelve years is a bit long, but I don’t think they could do it any faster. It is just nice to hear that they are upgrading it.

Bruce Knaack – Computer Programmer – Boca Raton, Florida

I like the windy roads. For the tourists who want to get away from the city, there is some charm and appeal to the road. But for the people who live in Vancouver and have a place in Whistler, it will make it a lot easier for them to get up here. I think it is going to end up causing Whistler to grow.

Kathy Taberner – Businesswoman – Adventures West/Horseshoe Bay

I think it is a really positive step and one that is long overdue. On Friday nights we don’t come up to Whistler if it’s raining. The bridges should be upgraded and the road made safe even in rainy weather. If people want to turn this into a year-round recreation resort, they are going to have to improve the road.

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