Two new traffic signals went into operation Thursday in Dufferin at the Copperhead Drive Interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway.
These improvements are part of a substantial upgrade to improve safety and traffic flow in a busy commercial area.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the City of Kamloops partnered on the project that will ease congestion and make it safer to access local industrial and retail areas. One signal is at the westbound on and off ramp; the other is at the intersection of Copperhead Drive and Versatile Drive.
The upgrade includes the signals with a left turn advance, a concrete divider and sidewalks on Copperhead Drive. The new sidewalks and islands have been constructed to ensure accessibility by wheelchairs and scooters. The project is cost-shared between the city and the ministry. The ministry is contributing $124,000 and the City of Kamloops is paying up to $750,000.
Improving safety in communities throughout B.C. is a commitment outlined in B.C. on the Move, the Province’s 10-year transportation plan.
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone -
“This is a bustling area of our city, with a mix of retail and industrial areas attracting high volumes of traffic. The partnership between the ministry and the city will make for safer travel along this corridor, including parents driving to and from Dufferin Elementary school.”
Minister of Health and MLA Kamloops-North Thompson Terry Lake -
“The growth of entertainment and retail options in Dufferin will mean increased traffic. By anticipating this, and undertaking timely road works, the ministry and the city have ensured that there will be improved traffic flow for people who travel this route.”
Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar -
“The southwest sector in Kamloops continues to see increased development and traffic growth. The southwest industrial lands also have strong development potential. Constructing new signals and sidewalk access helps to improve safety for both drivers and pedestrians. We appreciate the partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in making these enhancements.”
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