Tuesday, March 18, 2014

On the Road

Safety Afoot

Road improvement projects result in 20 per cent crash reduction in Chilliwack

Released by ICBC/Voice file photo

 

A pedestrian accident closed Spadina Ave. in January.

 

oundabouts, new crosswalks and designated turning lanes are the types of road improvement projects ICBC invested in B.C. last year to help make roads safer for everyone, including pedestrians and cyclists.

 

In 2013, ICBC invested approximately $89,000 in 14 road improvement projects and safety studies to help make Chilliwack and area roads safer for everyone, including drivers and pedestrians.

“Pedestrians and drivers in Chilliwack will benefit greatly from the infrastructure improvements announced today,” said John Martin, MLA for Chilliwack. “I commend ICBC, the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure, and the City of Chilliwack as we endeavour to make roads and sidewalks safer for all users.”

“This is a unique partnership between ICBC and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure,” said Chilliwack Hope MLA Laurie Throness. “Safer roads save lives and drivers will welcome these improvements.” ICBC launched its road improvement program in 1990, and since then has invested approximately $120 million in road improvement projects and safety studies across B.C.

In 2013, ICBC invested approximately $4.3 million in the Lower Mainland and $8 million in projects and safety audits across the province.

“Everyone benefits from road improvements – from drivers to pedestrians – because safer roads mean fewer crashes, which also translates into lower claim costs,” said John Dickinson, ICBC’s director of road safety. “We’ll continue to invest in road safety initiatives that help us keep rates as low as possible.”

All proposed road improvement projects are assessed based on their ability to make roads safer. The most recent evaluation of the program concluded that over a two year time period, overall, for every dollar invested, ICBC and its customers see a return rate of five times the investment. More importantly, the benefits of road improvements can continue well beyond two years.

The evaluation found that following a project’s implementation, there is on average, a 20 per cent reduction in severe crashes and a 12 per cent reduction in property damage crashes.

ICBC also participates in engineering studies and assists communities in the planning of roadways and managing traffic.

As road improvements are made, drivers may also need to adopt new driving behaviours, such as adjusting to traffic pattern changes and understanding the rules of the road. The majority of crashes are preventable and have more to do with driver error than road engineering. Drivers need to do their part by making smart driving decisions to prevent
crashes.

Over the last 24 years, ICBC’s road improvement program has evolved significantly – community investments and successful partnerships have led to award winning projects and the contributions have helped advance the knowledge of the road safety engineering industry in B.C. and across Canada. A look at the evolution of ICBC’s road improvement program can be viewed here.

Road improvement projects completed in Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs and Kent in 2013:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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