On the 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.
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
“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
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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