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West Vancouver’s Dundarave welcome sign obliterated by collision

For now, the district isn’t reinstating the community marker.

While a driver left the scene with minor injuries, it’s the end of the road for Dundarave’s community sign.

At around 6 a.m. on Feb. 21, a motorist collided with the stone marker in the middle of Marine Drive’s 2400 block in West Vancouver. The crash obliterated the sign, sending granite, concrete, rebar and bumper debris flying halfway down the street.

Photos taken by district staff show only minor rubble left at ground zero of the sign’s former home. Lying on the asphalt, faded blue paint and mangled lettering evokes only an echo of the area’s former physical namesake.

For now, the district is not reinstating the sign, said spokesperson Carrie Gadsby, “with the primary reasoning being that there are near-term planned underground utility improvement works with an alignment that may be affected by the placement of the sign.”

“There is also the fact that the sign has been hit multiple times,” she said.

For incidents like this, the district attempts to recover repair costs from ICBC, and a work order has been set up to track expenses related to the incident, Gadsby added.

West Vancouver police said they were investigating the cause of the collision, and that speed and impairment had not been ruled out as possible causes.