The transportation ministry hopes make the southern end of the Sande Overpass safer by installing a yield sign.

Terrace, B.C. intersection collision solution sought

Transportation ministry to install yield sign on Sande Overpass

The transportation ministry is putting up a yield sign on an approach to the Sande Overpass following six collisions and reports of other incidents since new traffic control signals went into operation there late last November.

The sign will be installed for vehicles approaching the intersection on the south end of the overpass from the west along Keith Ave.

Previously there was a stop sign where Keith Ave. meets the intersection for all the traffic coming from the west, which alerted drivers that they could not turn left onto the overpass until through traffic approaching from the east on Keith passed through.

The installation of traffic control lights is intended to improve traffic flow for vehicles.

But now drivers approaching the overpass from the west along Keith and intending to turn left onto the overpass are not yielding to traffic flow from the east, says Terrace RCMP Constable Angela Rabut.

“Drivers turning left from Keith onto the Sande Overpass need to properly assess the flow of westbound traffic,” said Rabut.

“Yield the right of way to those travelling straight through the intersection on a green light.

“Ensure all of your attention is directed towards driving, which is actually a very complicated task with a lot of factors to consider, especially at intersections,” said Rabut.

The reported accidents have caused minor injuries and damages of more than $1,000, she added.

Pronto Towing driver Tim Flemming has called the new traffic control light system a design flaw, saying there have been more accidents at the intersection than at any other intersection in the city.

“Most of the accidents have happened exactly the same way,” he said.

“The mechanics of the accident all seem to be the same. Somebody is T-boning somebody who is turning trying to get onto the overpass.

“They need to put a delayed turn signal in coming from the west for eastbound traffic so there is a delayed turn,” Flemming suggested.

A statement from the transportation ministry says its engineers “have reviewed the signal timing at the intersection and have confirmed it is functioning as designed and is appropriate for the traffic volumes.”

Ministry officials have also met with the RCMP and “will continue to closely monitor this intersection.”

Flemming said he sees how there can be a difference between design and reality when human error comes into play.

“Everything on paper looks good, and it doesn’t quite pan out. We are relying on the human element. Driving comes in,” he said.

What’s happening is that drivers crest a rise while turning left onto the overpass from Keith from the west are committing themselves and focussing on the turn and can’t see traffic which also crests a small rise and is continuing through from the east, he said.

The company that did the initial design concept, R.F. Binnie and Associates Ltd., for the $2.3 million overpass reconstruction project won a Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Awards earlier this month.

The major part of the overpass reconstruction work involved adding a second lane for traffic coming off of the overpass from the north and turning eastward along Keith.

That’s intended to ease what had become a bottleneck on the overpass which is part of Hwy16.






Just Posted

Kitsumkalum Walk for Health raises $17,500 for new hospital microscope

The 5 km walk is a new take on a 10-year old fundraiser for Mills Memorial

PHOTO GALLERY: Malicous Monster Truck Tour

The Malicious Monster Truck Tour sold out to crowds of 2,500 people… Continue reading

CMTN First Nations Fine Arts program offers new advanced diploma

The 10-month program will focus on enhancing jewellery, sculpture and marketing skills

Terrace spawns new salmon art festival

This week’s featured artist: Casey Braam

Back in business: former Sears franchisees go it alone

Boota and Diljit Uppal’s new store opens in same location

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

Wildfires erupt in B.C. Okanagan forcing evacuation orders and a highway closure

Check out a list of up-to-date information on blazes happening within the Kamloops Wildfire Centre.

‘Amazing Race Canada’ competitors face B.C. challenge

They drove Corvettes, mastered falconry basics, and ate blueberry pie in the Cowichan Valley

Grizzly bear jumps in river, chases B.C. kayaker

The bear got a bit too close for comfort along the Elaho River near Squamish

Evacuation alert issued due to Dog Creek Trail Wildfire

An evacuation alert has been issued by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako… Continue reading

Parks Canada looks to shine light on cloudy future for historic sites

A plan is in place to produce 10-year plans designed to turn around sagging attendance figures

B.C. poet shines a bright light on struggle with homelessness

Book launch for John La Greca’s Homeless Memorial is at Vernon’s Gallery Vertigo July 21.

Ontario police say attack on Muslim man was motivated by hate

Two men, aged 27 and 19, have been charged with assault in the incident

Canadian Tire delivers toys to ease kids’ street play pain in B.C. neighbourhood

It’s like Christmas for 11 kids who are supposed to be confined to their yards by strata bylaw

Most Read