First of it's kind trial for local highway



New variable traffic speed control aims to control  traffic speed set to launch summer 2019.













raffic is up from 45,500 vehicles per day in 2013, to 53,000 counted in 2017, just west of Vedder Road in Chilliwack. According to the BC Government the number of severe collisions on the corridor between Abbotsford and Chilliwack, over the last five years, is approximately 86 serious collisions per year.

The total cost of implementing new variable speed limit systems on Highways 1 and 3 is estimated at $25 million, which includes the system components, such as electronic signs, electrical cabinets, and traffic and weather sensors.

A new "congestion-based speed limit system"梩he first use of this type of technology for B.C. will be installed on a 24-kilometre section of Highway 1 between Sumas River Bridge in Abbotsford and the Prest Road overpass in Chilliwack.

This, they say is a heavily travelled section of Highway 1 that has a high number of rear-end collisions. The new system will lower the speed limit to slow people down before traffic reaches a stop-and-go situation, helping to reduce the number of collisions that occur when drivers do not notice vehicles that have stopped on the highway.

揚eople are frustrated with being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on this busy stretch of Highway 1, and crashes during congestion means it takes even longer to get moving again, said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. 揥e are installing new technology a first for B.C. to adjust speeds before a traffic jam develops, which should reduce accidents, as well as traffic delays.

On Highway 3, between Hope and the Highway 3/5 junction, a road and weather-based variable speed limit system will be installed along this seven-kilometre stretch. Here, the system will collect data, from road surface sensors and traffic sensors, to lower speeds in bad weather, which will help reduce the frequency and severity of weather-related crashes. 

The installation of these new systems will begin later this week. The ministry expects them to be operational in summer 2019.





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