Two High Crash Intersections to See Changes
Prince George, B.C. – The intersections of Highway 16 and Cowart Road, and Highway 16 at Ferry will be improved.
Both intersections have seen numerous crashes, just one week ago a 15 year old girl lost her life as the result of a collision.
By early fall, a dedicated left turn traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Vance and Cowart Roads and Highway 16 , as well as the intersection of Ferry Avenue and Highway 16, west of Highway 97.
Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond had requested the Ministry of Transportation review the two intersections to see what could be done to improve safety at the two sites. “All of us were deeply touched and our hearts broken for the families involved in what happened. It is important to make these changes and work will be underway as soon as the preparatory engineering is done” says MLA Shirley Bond.
She says there will need to be other structures put in place, so it could take several weeks before the work begins.
The $500 thousand dollar project will see installation of separate, protected left-turn signals in the centre median, providing a fully-controlled left-turn access for vehicles, while stopping oncoming traffic.
Shirley Bond says there is also a concern having the turn signal back up traffic on Peden Hill “Analysis has been done, not only will these two intersections see improvements in the short term, there’s also going to be an on going look at how we manage the flow of traffic with the constraints that are along that corridor because of the commercial properties, the cemetery and other things. There are some physical constraints, but obviously I am just relieved we can move these two intersections forward to some short term improvement .”
Design work for improvements to the corridor is expected to start next year.