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The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure retained a consultant in 2018 to study six highway intersections in Ladysmith and has recommended multiple improvements to better manage the flow of vehicles along the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) corridor through town. Ladysmith Traffic Operation Review Jan 31 2019
The study was carried out in response to several concerns shared with Council by local residents about speed and safety issues on the highway through Ladysmith.
Here is a highlighted summary of the proposed improvements based on study results.
The MOTI has no scheduled timelines for these recommendations.
A traffic analysis using MOTI approved methodologies was completed for the seven kilometre stretch of Highway 1 from Edgelow Road South/Thicke Road to Grouhel Road. It looked at several measurable standards, including: the volume of vehicles, vehicle class, operating speed, time of day, collision data and pedestrian crossing demands.
A reduction in the posted speed limit of 70 km/h and 90 km/h along the highway corridor was not recommended in the report. The study concluded that because of the low compliance with the speed limit, a further reduction could result in more serious collisions. The study proposed approaching the RCMP to conduct more enforcement.
The study also examined collision from ICBC for 2011-2015 as well as MOTI data gathered from RCMP reported incidents between 2012 and 2016.
A Level of Service grade was assigned to both signalized and unsignalized intersections based on standards set out in the Highway Capacity Manual.
Traffic signal warrant analysis was also completed, also using MOTI standards, for Highway 1 and Grouhel Road as well as Highway 1 and South Davis Road.