Hope/Fraser Valley – A new variable speed limit system will begin operation in the coming days, allowing the Province to lower speeds on a section of Highway 3, east of Hope and helping travellers drive safely during bad weather.

The Highway 3 variable speed limit system uses data from road surface sensors and traffic sensors to recommend lower speeds during adverse conditions. Four new signs are located along seven kilometres of Highway 3 between Hope and the Highway 3/5 junction. One sign in each direction also features a digital message to provide drivers with additional information when the speed limits are lowered.

Variable speed limit signs have been on line on the Coquihalla from Portia Interchange to the former Toll Plaza, Electronic signs go on line for Highway 1, between Abbotsford and Chilliwack – sometime in 2020.

Emil Anderson would not confirm the starting date with chillTV or FVN. Ministry of Transportation are not responding to media requests after they made the initial announcement.

The initial announcement about these signs came in July 2018 and that FVN story is here.

“Keeping people safe on our roads is our top priority,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Weather conditions can change very quickly where the highway starts climbing from the Fraser Valley towards the mountains. That’s why we are bringing in this new variable speed limit system, which allows us to slow traffic down and improve safety on Highway 3 this winter.”

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