ICBC investing in northern B.C. roads
August 24, 2017
New web cameras for monitoring road conditions, a median barrier to prevent crossover collisions and a passing lane – these are just some of the recent projects made possible by ICBC's ongoing investment in the safety of northern B.C. roads.
Since 1992, ICBC has invested over $14 million in 650 projects and studies in northern B.C. In 2016 alone, ICBC invested $810,000 in 41 projects in the region.
On Highway 97 in Prince George, ICBC invested in a new 534-metre median barrier to prevent severe crashes. Medians provide highly effective protection against drivers who lose control of their vehicle or cross the centerline into opposing traffic or hazardous roadside areas.
In Quesnel, there were safety concerns with the intersection of Anderson and Lewis Drive. Major roadwork was undertaken on Anderson Drive last year which enabled ICBC to invest in a new protected left turn for the intersection. This project included raised medians to create a left turn bay into a side street as well as a protected lane for those on the side street to turn left.
Near Kitimat on the Highway 37 corridor, ICBC contributed to a new passing lane to provide safe passing opportunities for drivers.
Over the last nine years, ICBC has invested $1.2 million to add 200 web cameras throughout the province in a partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Many of these cameras are located on highways in northern B.C. The cameras help drivers plan for safer and efficient travel by alerting drivers of potential issues such as poor weather, road conditions and road closures.
ICBC works with municipalities, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and other partners on projects as part of ICBC's award-winning road improvement program. These projects have made B.C. communities safer and advanced the knowledge of the road safety engineering industry across Canada.
With crashes, vehicle damage and injury claims continuing to increase in B.C., ICBC's road improvement program is showing positive results in reducing crashes and injuries at targeted locations. The most recent evaluation report shows a 24 per cent reduction, on average, in severe crashes – those resulting in serious injuries and fatalities – and a 15 per cent reduction in property damage claims after an improvement is completed.
The road improvement program is one aspect of ICBC's commitment to help make B.C. roads safer. ICBC's road safety investments focus on the systemic causes of crashes – drivers, roads and vehicles – and support programs that are proven to prevent crashes and help keep everyone safer.