Traffic calming coming to Rio Drive
Nov 4, 2013 / 8:20 pm
Residents' complaints about road conditions on portions of Rio Drive have been heard by City Hall.
Kelowna Council Monday agreed to temporary traffic calming measures on a stretch of Rio Drive between Clear Pond Place and Clifton Road until road upgrades take place.
Public Works Manager, Darryl Astofooroff, told council the two lane road has gravel shoulders and no sidewalks and experiences traffic volumes of about 1,200 vehicles daily.
"The significant crest between Terrace Road and Rialto Drive creates a very limited sight line," says Astofooroff.
"The city has received many service requests for traffic calming on Rio Drive and it ranks as a high priority. The city's Development Services Department and the Wilden Development are currently working together to re-design Rio Drive."
Astofooroff says the city has asked the Wilden developer to re-design the road in a manner that would calm traffic passing through the neighbourhood.
"Considering the increase of traffic through the neighbourhood, limited visibility, lack of pedestrian facilities and high speeds it is felt two speed humps would reduce traffic speeds to an acceptable level until road upgrades take place."
Currently, Astofooroff says about 85 per cent of motorists travel the stretch of road at or below 69.5 km/hr. The speed limit is 50.
Councillor Robert Hobson says speed bumps as a temporary measure makes sense because he says Rio Drive was not meant to handle all the traffic from Wilden.
"We have to make it slower and safer," says Hobson.
Astofooroff says the calming measures will be temporary asphalt speed bumps which install and remove easily.
He says the plan is for the calming measures to be in place until sometime next year.
"Between Wilden and the city, at this point in time, they are expecting construction of the permanent road in 2014."
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