Bridging the Week – Ferries, Roundabouts
and Northern Movement

Halloween is over and Christmas is coming up a lot faster than we’d like. As we get ready for the holiday season, please take a moment to REMEMBER. This weekend, for Remembrance Day, take a moment of silence to reflect on those who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy. There a lot community events happening across BC that you can take part in. Here’s a list for your reference: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/veterans-week/events

In this week’s edition of “Bridging the Week”, we look at the latest around coast ferry consultation, roundabouts and projects on the move in the North.

circular intersectionAround and Around We Go
What is shaped like a circle goes around and around and never stops? Roundabouts! These traffic circles improve safety and traffic flow by moving vehicles efficiently through busy areas. They also decrease the amount and severity of collisions that occur in conventional signalized intersections. A new roundabout will be installed by the end of summer 2013 at the intersection of South Shore Road and North Shore Road in Lake Cowichan. The project will also include resurfacing approximately three kilometres of South Shore Road between Youbou Road and Peterson Road. Combining the resurfacing work with the roundabout construction will reduce traffic disruptions and save money.

Ferries of the Future
Last week we talked with you about the kick off of the coastal ferries engagement. This week we wanted to share the list of communities scheduled for open house discussions about the future of coast ferry service. All consultation and engagement meetings will be open to the public, with a series of small group meetings and open houses taking place in 30 communities. Discussion guides and feedback forms will be available at the meetings and online. Copies of the discussion guide and feedback form have been distributed to municipal offices, libraries and First Nations band offices in coastal communities. Information about how to participate and schedules for upcoming meetings and open houses can be found at: www.coastalferriesengagement.ca

Hitting the Northern Roads
This week, there was loads of activity when it came to roads in the north. If you live in the Nechako Lakes or Prince George areas, you’ll have a better idea of what we’re talking about. The news includes:

  • Construction start this month on a new eastbound passing lane near Mapes Road on Highway 16, east of Vanderhoof. More good news: the project also includes flattening the sharp curve east of Mapes Road to improve safety.
  • Starting this year, 2.5 kilometres of Highway 16 through Burns Lake will be resurfaced, with some safety upgrades like additional pedestrian crossings, street lighting and intersection improvements.
  • Three Prince George area projects will benefit from our accelerated capital transportation program, which include: 43 new street lights along Highway 16 on Peden Hill within Prince George, the design and construction of a 1.7 km westbound passing lane beginning at the intersection of Upper Fraser Road on Highway 16, and safety upgrades to Saxton Lake and Ness Lake area roads.

Thanks for checking in with us and bringing yourself up to speed with this week’s transportation news review. If you have any comments or questions, please connect with us on Twitter @TranBC or on facebook. We look forward to talking with you about what we do and why we do it. If you are heading out this weekend to honour our fallen, lest we forget, please travel safely. We look forward to connecting with you again next week.

 

 

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