A new City of Mission project will be reviewing road-safety concerns in the Steelhead and Stave Falls communities to produce an in-depth study.
Council greenlit the project unanimously at their July 5 meeting.
Neighbourhood groups have frequently brought the issue to council, stating that increased industrial and recreational traffic is causing dangerous conditions along their rural roads.
“Thank you to the Steelhead Community Association for bringing this concern forward,” Mayor Paul Horn said in a press release.
“It is important that we consider the rural areas in the Transportation Master Plan planning as recreation becomes more popular and the City continues to grow.”
Keystone Avenue, Hayward Street, and a section of Dewdney Trunk Road will all be examined for deficiencies.
Recommendations for short-term improvements will be offered, as well as possible medium-to-long-term capital upgrades to the rural arterial roads.
These upgrades may include (but are not limited to): speed reader boards at strategic locations to collect speed and volume data, additional signage, and geometric roadway upgrades such as shoulder widening.
The city estimates the cost for the review will be $70,000 – with ICBC funding up to half.
Municipal staff will be working with ICBC to develop a procurement request for a roadway safety engineering consultant.
The review is expected to be complete by the end of the year.