Cowart / Hwy 16 Intersection Upgrade to Begin Soon
Intersection of Vance, Cowart and Highway 16 one of the worst for crashes in P.G. – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C.- It is one of the busiest, and worst intersections in Prince George, and work will soon be underway to make changes to the Cowart, Vance Road Highway 16 intersection.There were 27 crashes at that intersection last year, 15 of which resulted in injury.
There was new urgency to upgrade the intersection following a fatal crash earlier this year. In the wake of that death, the Ministry of Transportation began work to prep for the installation of a dedicated left turn signal.
The design work is complete and the procurement stage about to begin. The new dedicated left turn signal means drivers will no longer be able to make a legal left turn when there is a gap in traffic. The change is expected to be complete by the fall.
The neighbouring intersection of Highway 16 and Ferry Avenue is also in for an upgrade. It too will see a dedicated left turn signal, replacing the advance green left turn arrow. That intersection has been the scene of 37 crashes in 2015, of which 20 resulted in injury.
The total cost of the upgrades to the two intersections is half a million dollars.