ICBC investing in Southern Interior roads
August 24, 2017
A 'smart channel', roundabout and median barrier – these are just some of the recent projects made possible by ICBC's ongoing investment in the safety of Southern Interior roads.
Conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles were a concern in Kamloops along Summit Drive in the southbound right turn lane onto McGill Road. ICBC and the City of Kamloops invested in a smart channel to reduce the curb radius to encourage slower speeds, improve the angle of the intersection and driver's view of pedestrians. The University of British Columbia concluded that these improvements reduced the hourly pedestrian-vehicle conflict rate by 58 per cent and the conflict severity rate by 70 per cent.*
In Revelstoke, Victoria Road West was upgraded between Highway One and Wright Street to improve safety and traffic flow. This included the restriction of left turns and a new roundabout at Wright Street. ICBC's invested in 76 roundabouts in B.C. over the last 20 years.
As part of the project, a median barrier was installed between the highway and the CP Rail underpass to improve right turns to nearby commercial business areas and restrict some left turns.
Since 1992, ICBC has invested over $29 million in 1,280 projects and studies in the Southern Interior. In 2016 alone, ICBC invested over $2 million in 96 projects in the region.
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 the Southern Interior. 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.