Vancouver is receiving a boost from ICBC to make its roads safer.
The auto insurance crown corporation has provided the City of Vancouver with a $930,000 grant to make improvements at key intersections.
This includes the intersections at the north end of the Burrard Street Bridge, which is now a four-lane bridge with bike lanes and wider pedestrian paths, and the north end of the Knight Street Bridge.
A major improvement project at the intersection of Knight Street and Marine Drive – the worst intersection in the city for collisions – is already underway.
The grant will help fund a number of other initiatives:
- 25 intersections to get LED lighting at signalized intersections
- 5 flashing beacons, to be located adjacent to elementary and secondary schools
- Left turn arrow phasing installation at Knight and King Edward (south bound, east bound, and west bound left turns)
- New curb ramps at 130 locations
- 10 uninterruptible power supply units for continuous power at signals in case of power outage
“While claims costs continue to rise in our province, our road improvement program is showing positive results in reducing crashes and injuries at targeted locations throughout B.C. and as a result, the program will continue to be a top road safety priority for us,” says Lindsay Matthews, ICBC‘s director responsible for road safety.
ICBC spends approximately $9 million on road improvements across the province each year.