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New road surface treatment to improve safety at high-collision locations


September 6, 2018
By B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

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A high-friction surface treatment will be applied to 14 high-collision locations throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island to help drivers stop faster, with the goal of reducing rear-end collisions.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has partnered with ICBC to identify four interchange off-ramps and 10 intersections that would benefit from the application of a high-friction surface treatment.

The locations were selected based on a review of collision and claims data:
• Highway 1 – Capilano Road off-ramp (westbound) in North Vancouver  
• Highway 1 – Lonsdale Avenue off-ramp (eastbound/westbound) in North Vancouver
• Highway 1 – Willingdon Avenue off-ramp (eastbound) in Burnaby
• Highway 1 – Brunette Avenue  off-ramp (eastbound/westbound) in Coquitlam
• Highway 7 – 203 Street intersection (eastbound) in Maple Ridge
• Highway 7 – 207 Street intersection (eastbound) in Maple Ridge
• Highway 7 – Kennedy Road intersection (eastbound/westbound) in Pitt Meadows
• Highway 7 – Laity Street intersection (eastbound) in Maple Ridge
• Highway 10 – 120 Street/Scott Road intersection (eastbound/westbound) in Surrey
• Highway 10 – 176 Street intersection (eastbound/westbound) in Surrey
• Highway 17 – Cloverdale Avenue intersection (southbound) in Saanich
• Highway 17 – Elk Lake Drive intersection (northbound/southbound) in Saanich
• Highway 17 – Sayward Road intersection (northbound) in Saanich
• Highway 17 – Mt. Newton Cross Road intersection (northbound/southbound) in Saanich

The high-friction surface treatment will be applied to the roadway by an automated truck-mounted machine using a specialized aggregate and resin to help vehicles come to a full stop more quickly.

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This $3.9-million project is part of a suite of changes underway to address rising ICBC insurance claim costs. High-friction surface treatments may be applied to other locations throughout the province after evaluating the success of this project.

Work will start the first week of September and is expected to be completed by the end of the month.