Two years after the Provincial Government raised speed limits on a number of BC highways like the Coquihalla, we’re finding out if it made things any safer for drivers.
In 2014 speed limits on 33 sections of rural British Columbian highways were changed in an effort to make roads safer.
Numbers released today show that in 19 of those 33 zones, crash rates either decreased or remained the same, meaning that crash rates increased in 14 of the zones.
Transportation Minister Todd Stone says engineers will now be looking into 12 of those 14 zones to see if they can be made safer.
“If it is wildlife collisions, or it is access issues and so on and so forth, there are very specific things that can be done, a lot from an engineering and infrastructure perspective. We have a lot of good tools at our disposal.”
But He says speeds will be decreased on the other two of those zones.
“On two of those sections, we believe that no amount of rubble strips or engineering of those highway segments is likely and least cost effectively going to enable us to maximize the mitigation on risk.”
Speed limits will be decreased on Highway 1 from Hope-Boston Bar & Highway 5A from Aspen Grove-Princeton.