High-friction surfaces are now in place at 14 locations in the Lower Mainland and on southern Vancouver Island, helping drivers maintain better control in both dry and wet conditions and reducing rear-end collisions.
These intersections and off-ramps were selected for the treatment application because they were identified as high-collision locations. The application toughens the road surface to reduce skidding and helps vehicles come to a complete stop, quickly and safely.
The specialized aggregate and resin treatment is expected to improve friction for more than seven years. It has been applied at:
Lower Mainland locations:
- Highway 1 – Capilano Road off-ramp (westbound) in North Vancouver
- Highway 1 – Lonsdale Avenue off-ramp (eastbound/westbound) in North Vancouver
- Highway 1 – Willingdon Avenue off-ramp (eastbound) in Burnaby
- Highway 1 – Brunette Avenue off-ramp (eastbound/westbound) in Coquitlam
- Highway 7 – 203 Street intersection (eastbound) in Maple Ridge
- Highway 7 – 207 Street intersection (eastbound) in Maple Ridge
- Highway 7 – Kennedy Road intersection (eastbound/westbound) in Pitt Meadows
- Highway 7 – Laity Street intersection (eastbound) in Maple Ridge
- Highway 10 – 120 Street/Scott Road intersection (eastbound/westbound) in Surrey
- Highway 10 – 176 Street intersection (eastbound/westbound) in Surrey
Vancouver Island locations:
- Highway 17 – Cloverdale Avenue intersection (southbound) in Saanich
- Highway 17 – Elk Lake Drive intersection (northbound/southbound) in Saanich
- Highway 17 – Sayward Road intersection (northbound) in Saanich
- Highway 17 – Mt. Newton Cross Road intersection (northbound/southbound) in Saanich
Work began last year, but completion was delayed due to unfavourable weather.
The $3.9-million project is a partnership between the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and ICBC, which will be monitoring these intersections to determine effectiveness and whether the treatment will be used at other locations.
High Friction Surface Treatment Sticks Up for Quick Stops (blog): https://www.tranbc.ca/2019/08/09/high-friction-surface-treatment-sticks-up-for-quick-stops/