Transportation and Infrastructure

Province rolls back speed limits on 570 km of highway

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Transportation and Infrastructure

Province rolls back speed limits on 570 km of highway

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
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The Rural Safety and Speed Review: from 2013 to today

In 2013, the ministry initiated a review of over 9,100 kilometres of highway around the province. The Rural Safety and Speed Review included four key components: speed limits; winter tires; slower-moving vehicles; and wildlife hazards. For each component the ministry conducted public consultation, with over 2,300 total participants, as well as technical analysis by the ministry’s engineers.

In 2014, as a result of the review, the following actions were taken:

  • Speed limits were increased on 33 segments of highway covering 1,300 kilometres, based on the 85th percentile speeds for each corridor.
  • Legislation changes were made to the winter tire definition, along with modernized regulations for studded tires and chains and the installation of new winter-tire highway signs.
  • Installation of variable speed limit signs on key sections of the Coquihalla, the Trans-Canada, and the Sea to Sky highways to reduce weather-related crashes by helping drivers know when to slow down, depending on current conditions.
  • Updated legislation to clarify “Keep Right Except to Pass” requirements, as well as improved signage and pavement marking to direct slower moving drivers to use the right lane.
  • Several wildlife collision mitigation actions, including LED wildlife signs in specific locations with a history of wildlife crashes and two wildlife detection pilot systems on Highway 3.

In 2016, after collecting one year of data, ministry engineers reviewed all 33 highway sections that received speed limit increases. As a result, the following actions were taken:

  • Speed limits were rolled back on two corridors: Highway 1, from Hope to Cache Creek, and on Highway 5A, from Princeton to Merritt.
  • On the 14 sections where the crash rates increased, the ministry invested in added safety features like improved road markings, better signage, new rumble strips, variable speed signs and wildlife safety measures.

Based on the recently completed review of three years of data, the speed limits are being rolled back by 10 km/h on the following 15 highway corridors that have seen any increase in collisions:

  • Highway 1: Cowichan Bay to Nanaimo – 90 km/h to 80 km/h
  • Highway 1: Whatcom Road to Hope – 110 km/h to 100 km/h
  • Highway 1: Boston Bar to Jackass Mountain – 100 km/h to 90 km/h
  • Highway 1: Tobiano to Savona – 100 km/h to 90 km/h
  • Highway 1: Chase to Sorrento - 100 km/h to 90 km/h
  • Highway 3: Sunday Summit to Princeton – 90 km/h to 80 km/h      
  • Highway 7: Agassiz to Hope – 100 km/h to 90 km/h
  • Highway 19: Parksville to Campbell River - 120 km/h to 110 km/h
  • Highway 19: Bloedel to Sayward – 100 km/h to 90 km/h
  • Highway 97A: Grindrod to Sicamous – 90 km/h to 80 km/h
  • Highway 97C: Merritt to Aspen Grove – 110 km/h to 100 km/h
  • Highway 97C: Aspen Grove to Peachland – 120 km/h to 110 km/h
  • Highway 99: Horseshoe Bay to Squamish – 90 km/h to 80 km/h     
  • Highway 99: Squamish to Whistler – 100 km/h to 90 km/h
  • Highway 99: Whistler to Pemberton – 90 km/h to 80 km/h

The following 16 corridors showed no reduction in safety, and speed limits will remain the same:

  • Highway 1: Salmon Arm to Revelstoke – 100 km/h
  • Highway 1: Revelstoke to Golden – 100 km/h
  • Highway 3: Hope to Coquihalla – 110 km/h
  • Highway 3: Sunshine Valley to Manning Park East Boundary – 100 km/h
  • Highway 5: Hope to Kamloops – 120 km/h
  • Highway 5: Heffley to Little Fort – 100 km/h
  • Highway 6: New Denver to Hills – 90 km/h
  • Highway 6: Summit Lake to Nakusp – 100 km/h
  • Highway 19: Campbell River to Bloedel – 90 km/h
  • Highway 19: Port McNeill to Port Hardy – 100 km/h
  • Highway 33: McCulloch Road to Black Mountain – 100 km/h
  • Highway 33: Rock Creek to Westbridge – 100 km/h
  • Highway 97: Cache Creek to 100 Mile House – 110 km/h
  • Highway 97: Swan Lake to Monte Creek – 90 km/h
  • Highway 97A: Armstrong to Enderby – 100 km/h
  • Highway 99: Lillooet to Cache Creek – 100 km/h

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