Friday, February 20, 2015

ICBC News

Feeling the Road

ICBC spent $307K on Chilliwack-Kent, BC Gov't chips in for new bike lane

Released by ICBC/LinkedIn photo Lindsay Matthews

 

ou may have noticed the new roundabouts and pedestrian signals in the community. These are some of the 15 road improvement projects ICBC invested $307,000 in last year to make Chilliwack and Kent roads safer for everyone.

 

This year marks the 25th anniversary of ICBC’s road improvement program with over $130 million invested in B.C. roads since 1990. Over the years, the road improvement program has evolved significantly. Successful partnerships, community investments and the use of innovative technology and tools have led to award winning projects and contributions that have helped advance the knowledge of the road safety engineering industry across Canada.


“I am often reminded through public consultations about the importance of road safety in Chilliwack,” said John Martin, MLA for Chilliwack. “It is reassuring to see ICBC continuing to work with the local municipalities to upgrade infrastructure and make improvements to our roads and intersections.”


In 2014, ICBC invested approximately $3.8 million in the Lower Mainland and $7.7 million in projects and safety audits across the province.


“We’re proud of the thousands of road improvements and studies we have contributed to communities across B.C. over the last 25 years,” said Lindsay Matthews, ICBC’s director responsible for road safety. “Safer roads mean fewer crashes which also translates into lower claims costs. We’ll continue to invest in road safety initiatives that help us keep rates as low as possible for customers.”


ICBC also works with communities to make sure road safety issues are considered in the planning of roadways and managing traffic and participates in engineering safety studies.


All proposed road improvement projects are assessed based on their ability to make roads safer. The most recent evaluation of the program found that over a two year time period, overall, for every dollar invested, ICBC and its customers see a return of five times the investment.


If you have a suggestion for making a road or intersection safer in your community, contact your local municipality or make your suggestion through www.icbc.com


Road improvement projects completed in Chilliwack and Kent in 2014:

Location: Highway 1 from Annis Road to Highway 9

• Project description: Installation of reflective delineators on concrete median barriers
• Partner: Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
• ICBC contribution: $15,300

 

Location: Tyson Road and Watson Road
• Project description: Installation of a roundabout
• Partner: City of Chilliwack
• ICBC contribution: $82,000

Location: Keith Wilson Road and Tyson Road
• Project description: Installation of a roundabout
• Partner: City of Chilliwack
• ICBC contribution: $57,000

Location: Chilliwack Lake Rd from Vedder Road to city boundary
• Project description: Shoulder widening
• Partner: City of Chilliwack
• ICBC contribution: $16,000

Location: Five (Corners) Intersections
• Project description: Pedestrian countdown timers
• Partner: City of Chilliwack
• ICBC contribution: $10,000

Location: Vedder Road and Promontory Road
• Project description: Installation of uninterrupted power supply systems
• Partner: City of Chilliwack
• ICBC contribution: $2,500

Location: Grand View Drive from Chilliwack Mountain Road to Primrose Drive
• Project description: Snowplough resistant centreline reflectors
• Partner: City of Chilliwack
• ICBC contribution: $9,000

Location: 10 corridors
• Project description: Installation of centreline reflectors
• Partner: City of Chilliwack
• ICBC contribution: $18,000

Location: School zones and other hot spots
• Project description: Road safety message board
• Partner: City of Chilliwack
• ICBC contribution: $4,700

Location: Mill Street from Wellington Avenue to Victoria Avenue
• Project description: Road reconstruction
• Partner: City of Chilliwack
• ICBC contribution: $4,000

Location: Vedder Road and Alder Street
• Project description: Installation of a pedestrian signal
• Partner: City of Chilliwack
• ICBC contribution: $20,000

Location: Vedder Road and Storey Avenue and Gaetz Street
• Project description: Installation of a pedestrian signal
• Partner: City of Chilliwack
• ICBC contribution: $30,000

Location: Vedder Road and Keith Wilson Road
• Project description: Installation of eastbound left-turn signal phase and signal head upgrades
• Partner: City of Chilliwack
• ICBC contribution: $6,000

Location: City wide
• Project description: Network screening study to identify top crash intersections and evaluate for future road improvements
• Partner: City of Chilliwack
• ICBC contribution: $15,000

Location: Various locations
• Project description: Traffic control sign upgrades
• Partner: District of Kent
• ICBC contribution: $18,000

 

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BC Gov't News

Ride On!

MLA Martin wheels in cash for bike lane infrastgructure

Released by the BC Gov't Caucus/Handout photo

he B.C. government is providing $52,499 in funding toward bike lanes from Adams to #6905 Sumas Prairie Road announced Chilliwack MLA John Martin.

BikeBC is the government’s cost-sharing program that helps fund municipal and regional projects and trails, and helps attract and support commuter, recreational and tourism cyclists and pedestrians.

“Creating new cycling lanes in this Greendale neighbourhood will enhance the already extraordinary outdoor experience found in Chilliwack,” said Martin. “I would encourage everyone to get on their bicycles and enjoy the new cycling lanes in Greendale, shop at the many local merchants in the area or take a tour of the nearby Great Blue Heron Reserve.”

Twenty communities will share more than $3.69 million in BikeBC funding for 22 projects across the province. This year’s investment will generate more than $7.38 million in cycling infrastructure. The funds will go to support projects that expand and build cycling lanes, trails, and paths, which in turn increase physical activity and help reduce greenhouse gases. Since 2001, the B.C. government has committed almost $155 million in cycling infrastructure, creating new bicycle lanes and trails in over 100 communities.

During consultations for the new BC on the Move ten-year transportation plan, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure heard that enhanced cycling infrastructure and improved transportation choices are important to British Columbians. Many local governments and community organizations indicated that increased participation in, and improvements to cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, trails, networks and other programs are among their highest priorities.

 

Quick Facts:

• Cycling 10 kilometres to and from work every day would reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by 15,000 kg a year.

• Cycling eight kilometres is equal to 30 minutes of moderate exercise.

 

Learn More:

• For more information about Bike BC, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC

 

 

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