Highway 16 Intersection Projects Continue
Prince George, B.C.- It should be just a couple more weeks before improvements to one of two intersections with Highway 16 in Prince George are complete.
Ministry of Transportation the installation of components to create a dedicated left turn signal for the Highway 16/Vance/Cowart should be completed by mid August.
Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond says “Concrete bases have been installed and the preliminary field work has been done. The assembly of the signal heads and poles is underway with expected installation in the next two weeks.”
Design work for improvements to the Highway 16/Ferry Avenue intersection is complete and upgrades to that intersection are expected to be done in September.
The Highway 16 corridor through Prince George handles heavy traffic volume and talks continue between the Ministry of Transportation and the City of Prince George for further improvements to that corridor. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the City of Prince George are gathering information on current traffic volumes, traffic movements, as well as other details which will help map out further improvements along this corridor.
There are four major intersections along the corridor which are routinely noted as being among the worst in the City when it comes to crashes:
- Highway 16 and 97,
- Highway 16 and Ferry
- Highway 16 /Cowart/Vance
- Highway 16 and Domano/Tyner
Between 2009 and 2013, (the latest year for which statistics are available), those four intersections accounted for a total of 720 crashes, and 275 of those crashes resulted in someone being injured.
Meantime, the City of Prince George continues it’s work to improve the intersection of Ospika and Ferry Avenues.
( at right, painted poles for traffic lights will be replaced – photo 250News)
The City’s capital plan calls for just under $200 thousand dollars worth of work to install traffic lights at that intersection. The intersection was set up years ago for the eventual installation of signals, but will require some upgrades. The existing poles will likely be changed to more modern galvanized poles. The ducting at the site is believed to be suitable for the installation of traffic signals. While the installation of the lights is not scheduled until 2017, it is possible the work could start this fall and at the very latest, early 2017.
That intersection will then be monitored for traffic volume using the left turn lane from Ferry on to Ospika, and the left turn lane from Ospika on to Ferry to see if the left turn slots are long enough. It is possible some adjustments to the left turn lane slots will have to be made to accommodate increased left turn traffic.