Roll Backs On Highway Speeds Including Highways 1 & 7 In Valley

Fraser Valley/Victoria – The British Columbia government is lowering speed limits on 15 sections of highway in the province to keep people safer and reduce the chance of speed-related collisions.

The Changes should be complete by the end of this week.

“We know people want to get where they’re going quickly. Our job is to help make sure they also get there safely,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Since the former government raised speed limits in 2014, serious crashes have been on the rise. By rolling back speed limits slightly, our goal is to reduce accidents, keep roads open and protect the lives of British Columbians.”

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has thoroughly reviewed three years’ worth of data on 33 segments and 1,300 kilometres of highway, where speed limits were increased as part of the 2014 Rural Safety and Speed Review.

As a result, 15 sections of highway, totalling 570 kilometres, will have speed limits rolled back by 10 km/h. Along with the two corridors that were lowered in 2016, this represents 660 kilometres of B.C. highways where speed limits are being rolled back. The remaining routes did not show higher accident rates and the speed limits will remain the same, including the Coquihalla where variable speed limits are in operation.

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

Courtesy Province of BC

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