Saturday February 26, 2011

 

Road Safety

Cable Barrier Stops Crossover Wed.

Treacherous road conditions send pickup truck off hwy

Submitted by Ryan Shotton, BC Gov't. Photo rendering.

 

y preventing a cross-over crash on Wednesday morning, the median cable barrier along Highway 1 had a demonstrable effect on improved road safety, say Chilliwack-Hope MLA Barry Penner and Chilliwack MLA John Les.

"A pickup truck slid into the cable barrier between Prest Road and Annis Road," said Penner. "It likely would have crossed over into the oncoming lanes of traffic if the cable barrier wasn't there. The cable barrier has prevented multiple cross-over accidents since it was installed, saving lives and preventing serious injuries."

"We were hit with an unexpected snowfall and while people were doing their best, slippery road conditions led to some accidents," says Chilliwack MLA John Les. "Having modern safety infrastructure along our roads and highways will help ensure people enjoy the safest commute possible."

A cable extension project has added another 4.2 kilometres of median cable barrier between Lickman Road and Young Road. The project adds to the $996,558 provided by the B.C. government for the first two phases of median cable barriers along Highway 1 through Chilliwack. The existing and new cable barriers will continue to prevent vehicles from crossing over the median and help eliminate head-on crashes.

Penner says he has witnessed first-hand the benefits that a cable barrier can provide. "Last summer, I saw an example of how a cable barrier can prevent a head-on collision, after a van veered off the highway near Annis Road and the cable prevented the van from entering oncoming traffic. I'm sure the accident would have been much worse had the barrier not been there."

This particular cable barrier system, the Nucor system, has also now been installed in some parts of the Okanagan, but Highway One near Chilliwack was the first highway in B.C. where a modern cable barrier was installed.

The cable barrier extension project is on budget and substantially completed with only minor modifications remaining. The B.C. government has contributed $550,000 and the federal government has contributed $450,000 toward the total $1 million cost of the project.

For more information about Cable Barriers in Chilliwack this video is available at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_QunmsZJUg

 

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