Province in speed trap over limits
Oct 4, 2013 / 2:39 pm
A decade after a report outlined areas of the province where speed limits on rural highways could be increased, the Liberal government is beginning a review of speed limits.
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister, Todd Stone, announced Friday the government is reviewing speed limits on longer stretches of provincial highways between communities and will be seeking public input starting next month.
That input, along with a technical review of provincial highways, will be considered to identify areas where speed-limit changes would be appropriate.
While in the her Westside-Kelowna riding last month, Premier Christy Clark suggested the 2003 report would be a good starting point in any discussion about speed limits.
"There was a report done in 2003 that looked at this across the province and came up with some really good recommendations - almost none of which were acted upon," stated Clark.
"We can start there. A lot of the work has already been done and then update that for the last decade. We have a place to work from that should speed it up a little bit."
That report concluded there were several stretches of highway within the province where speed limits could be raised from 110km to 120km and other stretches where conditions warranted a jump from 100km to 110km.
A similar technical review is underway now according to the ministry.
This includes an evaluation of the latest research from around the world as well as specific characteristics of BC highways such as travel speed, safety history and the volume and mix of traffic.
Public forums will initially be held in eight communities around the province in November including Kelowna.
The ministry will also seek input from the Union of BC Municipalities, ICBC, police and other key stakeholders as well as reviewing how to reduce the risk of wildlife-related crashes and how to best ensure the safe movement of slower vehicles.
"This review will build on the good work done on speed limits over the years by involving the public in the discussion," says Stone.
"We want to ensure those traveling on our highways can do so as safely and efficiently as possible."
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